Thanks Jabcat... this song has ultra special meaning for me - I heard it for the first time sung at a Full Gospel Businessmen's Prayer Breakfast in the Fall of 1979.
On May 16, 1979, God delivered me of alcoholism... (7 evil spirits)
One week later after my first AA meeting, an elderly gentleman approached me and told me "I'm glad that I was an alcoholic. I know my sin and went to God and am forgiven. My family and friends know only my sin; they don't know their own sin so they don't have a need to go to God and they don't know the joy of being a forgiven sinner.
Several weeks later, I attended the Full Gospel Businessmen's Prayer Breakfast... the theme "To know Him and the power of His resurrection" Phil 3:10. The opening song was He's Alive! Oh, the joy of being a forgiven sinner.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, ...
Many, O Lord my God are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's
Tom's testimony reminded me of my own (onething aka anna274, goodreport, seekfirst, watch/pray)... and I just happen to have a very simple, but all inclusive hymn that expresses my ongoing joy of being a forgiven sinner (she who is forgiven much, loves much Luke 7:47)
HOW HAPPY EVERY CHILD OF GRACE Wesley, 1759
How happy every child of grace,
Who knows his sins forgiven!
"This earth, " he cries, "is not my place,
I seek my place in heaven --
A country far from mortal sight,
Which yet by faith I see,
The land of rest, the saints' delight,
The heaven prepared for me."
O what a blessed hope is ours!
While here on earth we stay,
We more than taste the heavenly powers,
And antedate that day.
We feel the resurrection near,
Our life in Christ concealed,
And with His glorious presence here
Our earthen vessels filled.
O would He more of heaven bestow,
And let the vessels break,
And let our ransomed spirits go
To grasp the God we seek;
In rapturous awe on Him to gaze,
Who bought the sight for me;
And shout and wonder at His grace
Through all eternity.Eph 1:7
We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.