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Hymn of the Month

We are commanded to, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Accordingly, you will find we incorporate hymns into our regular Sunday morning worship at Pacific Hope Church. We firmly believe in equipping God's people in the knowledge of His Word through sound teaching in our classes, Bible studies, and even in our Sunday morning worship. Our worship will always be with the purpose of exalting the Lord to His proper place; it is never man-centered or seeking to create an emotional experience.

May’s Hymn of the Month (listen here) is Not In Me, by modern hymnwriters Eric Schumacher and David L. Ward. Their collaboration springs from a recognition of the need for well-written, theological songs that serve the church by capturing hearts and minds with the knowledge of God David Ward has this to say about Not In Me:

“What would it sound like for the Pharisee in Luke 18 9-14 to repent? His prayer begins proclaiming what he has not done, with a list of people he is “not like.” So, repentance must be renouncing such boasts before God. In the end, the repenting Pharisee’s prayer is the same as the tax collector’s. Ultimately, whether for a Pharisee or a tax-collector, there is only one Gospel, one hope of salvation. God shows mercy to sinners, self-righteous or self-loathing, on the basis of Christ crucified and risen. In the end, neither can earn his forgiveness or merit a standing. We’re both the tax collector and the Pharisee. One moment, we are wallowing in our sin, relenting of any hope due to the greatness of our evil. The next moment, we are boasting of our own righteousness and finding comfort in our external goodness and self-control. We need songs that preach the Gospel to us in and lift us out of the ditches on both sides of the road.”

Not In Me By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward

No list of sins I have not done,

No list of virtues I pursue,

No list of those I am not like,

Can earn myself a place with You.

O God! Be merciful to me—

I am a sinner through and through!

My only hope of righteousness

Is not in me, but only You.

No humble dress, no fervent prayer,

No lifted hands, no tearful song,

No recitation of the truth

Can justify a single wrong.

My righteousness is Jesus' life,

My debt was paid by Jesus' death,

My weary load was borne by Him

And he alone can give me rest.

No separation from the world,

No work I do, no gift I give,

Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands;

I cannot cause my soul to live.

But Jesus died and rose again—

The pow'r of death is overthrown!

My God is merciful to me

And merciful in Christ alone.

Ending

My righteousness is Jesus' life,

My debt was paid by Jesus' death,

My weary load was borne by Him

And he alone can give me rest.

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