Come ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love, and pow’r.
Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Ev’ry grace that brings you nigh.
Come ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.
Joseph Hart, 1759
Read Isaiah 55:1-9
(Don’t we often tend to put things off until a more opportune time. We want to wait until this duck or that duck is properly in its row before we take on a new task or endeavor. Thankfully Jesus doesn’t require or even expect us to have things in proper order before we throw ourselves on His mercy and grace. He recognizes we are poor and needy. All the fitness He requires is for us to know our need of Him. Go. Now. His embrace is waiting.)
Another post on our neediness: A Poor, Broken Spirit