Love Constraining to Obedience

No strength of nature can suffice
To serve the LORD aright;
And what she has, she misapplies,
For want of clearer light.

How long beneath the law I lay
In bondage and distress!
I toil’d the precept to obey,
But toil’d without success.

Then to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do;
Now, if I feel its pow’r within,
I feel I hate it too.

Then all my servile works were done
A righteousness to raise;
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose his ways.

What shall I do was then the word,
That I may worthier grow?
What shall I render to the LORD?
Is my enquiry now.

To see the Law by CHRIST fulfill’d,
And hear his pard’ning voice;
Changes a slave into a
And duty into choice.

William Cowper 
Published in Olney Hymns and Gadsby’s Hymns #188

Olney references Romans 3:31. Gadsby references Romans 7:9 and Philippians 2:13.

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