Here is another John Newton hymn to help prepare one’s heart for coming to the Lord’s Table :
“It is good to be here”
Let me dwell on Golgotha,
Weep and love my life away!
While I see him on the tree
Weep and bleed, and die for me!
That dear blood, for sinners spilt,
Shows my sin in all its guilt:
Ah, my soul, he bore thy load,
Thou hast slain the Lamb of GOD.
Hark! his dying words;
“Forgive, Father, let the sinner live;
Sinner, wipe thy tears away,
I thy ransom freely pay.”
While I hear this grace revealed,
And obtain a pardon sealed;
All my lost affections move,
Wakened by the force of love.
Farewell world, thy gold is dross,
Now I see the bleeding cross;
JESUS died to set me free
From the law, and sin, and thee!
He has dearly bought my soul
LORD, accept, and claim the whole!
To thy will I all resign,
Now, no more my own, but thine.