A Sick Soul ( Poem by John Newton)

April 12, 2014

Levi's Daily Thoughts

Physician of my sin-sick soul,
To thee I bring my case;
My raging malady control,
And heal me by thy grace.

Pity the anguish I endure,
See how I mourn and pine;
For never can I hope a cure
From any hand but thine.

I would disclose my whole complaint,
But where shall I begin?
No words of mine can fully paint
That worst distemper, sin.

It lies not in a single part,
But through my frame is spread;
A burning fever in my heart,
A palsy in my head.

It makes me deaf, and dumb, and blind,
And impotent and lame;
And overclouds, and fills my mind,
With folly, fear, and shame.

A thousand evil thoughts intrude
Tumultuous in my breast;
Which indispose me for my food,
And rob me of my rest.

Lord I am sick, regard my cry,
And set my spirit free;
Say, canst thou let…

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  1. I enjoy reading your blog. I appreciate the encouragement that comes from your blog. Blessing to you!

  2. JD, thinking of you, dear brother. How are you travelling on this narrow path?

    • Thank you very much for thinking of me. I think that I am traveling in blissful discontent. As John Newton said, “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”. As I travel along this narrow path, the gospel becomes sweeter with every dawn and more refreshing with each sunset. There is nothing more blissful than being redeem. How are you on the narrow path?
      God Bless!

      • I couldn’t have put it better, JD. Thanks! I am reminded of this hymn:

        O soul, are you weary and troubled?
        No light in the darkness you see?
        There’s light for a look at the Savior,
        And life more abundant and free!

        Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
        Look full in His wonderful face,
        And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
        In the light of His glory and grace.

        Through death into life everlasting
        He passed, and we follow Him there;
        O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
        For more than conqu’rors we are!

        His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
        Believe Him, and all will be well:
        Then go to a world that is dying,
        His perfect salvation to tell!

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