I understand those feelings of despair …

I understand those feelings of despair, –
the devil loves to take me wandering there;
for holiness he’d have me cease to care,
or, look at all my failings, – and despair.
The devil does not want the gospel peace,
salvation of inestimable worth,
to be made known; – desires to make me cease
from usefulness to Christ upon this earth.
Temptations come as differing fiery darts.
That old deceiver makes them sweet appear,
but Christ (Protector) wisdom, grace imparts
to keep from carelessness to sin, or fear.
Have mercy, holy God who dwells on high,
a contrite sinner’s plea do not deny.

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