“Not In Me” – A Song for the Pharisee In Each of Us

by Paul Tautges | January 26, 2015 3:15 am

We learned this new song, based on Luke 18:9-14, in corporate worship yesterday. It reminds us of where we stand without Christ and exalts Him as the only true source of righteousness.

No list of sins I have not done, No list of virtues I pursue
No list of those I am not like can earn myself a place with You.
O God! Be merciful to me. I am a sinner through and through.
My only hope of righteousness is not in me, but only You.

No humble dress, no fervent prayer, no lifted hands, no tearful song,
No recitation of the truth can justify a single wrong.
My righteousness is Jesus’ life. My debt was paid by Jesus’ death.
My weary load was borne by Him and He alone can give me rest.

No separation from the world, no work I do, no gift I give
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands,
I cannot cause my soul to live.
But Jesus died and rose again. The pow’r of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me, and merciful in Christ alone.

My righteousness is Jesus’ life. My debt was paid by Jesus’ death.
My weary load was borne by Him, and He alone can give me rest,
And He alone can give me rest.

[This song is part of the project Songs for the Book of Luke. You may learn more about it at The Gospel Coalition[1].]

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