Hymn: "How Sad Our State of Nature Is"
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “How Sad Our State of Nature Is”

Hymn: "How Sad Our State of Nature Is"In Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

The only true and pleasing worship we can offer our Lord is that which He has instructed us in His Word. Only songs that align with Scripture can be considered worthy candidates for offering our God for praise and worship.

Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.

How Sad Our State of Nature Is

by Issac Watts (1707)

How sad our state by nature is!
Our sin, how deep it stains!
And Satan binds our captive minds,
Fast in his slavish chains.

Hymn: "How Sad Our State of Nature Is"But there’s a voice of sov’reign grace,
Sounds from the sacred Word;
“Ho! ye despairing sinners, come,
And trust upon the Lord”

My soul obeys th’almighty call,
And runs to this relief;
I would believe Thy promise, Lord;
Oh! help my unbelief.

To the dear fountain of Thy blood,
Incarnate God, I fly;
Here let me wash my spotted soul
From crimes deepest dye.

Stretch out Thine arm, victorious King,
My reigning sins subdue;
Drive the old Dragon from his seat,
With all his hellish crew.

A guilty, week and helpless worm,
On Thy kind arms I fall:
Be Thou my strength and righteousness,
My Jesus, and my all.


The following quote was included on the page of the hymnal that I have been going through:

“There are souls now weeping for sin and longing for a Savior who will soon find Him, and then will become most hearty singers of the new song. They are coming, coming in their thousands even now. The music of praise shall be continued as long as the sun, and the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. From generation to generation shall the name of the Lord be praised.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

Hymn: "How Sad Our State of Nature Is"



  • Hope Ury Owsley

    Lovely! Thanks for introducing me to a hymn I’ve never seen before.

  • “Oh! help my unbelief!” An oft prayed prayer. I love the hymns. I wish churches still included them in Sunday services. Thank you for sharing this one today.

  • Mary

    I grew up singing many hymns. The words, rhythm and message of each are a gift.

  • Kileen

    Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    OK, you did it again… This is a hymn I have never heard before. I just love your Monday hymn sharing and I am so blessed to have you share it at my new link up #TuneInThursday Thank you for joining the party and I hope you will do see next Thursday and each week thereafter! Blessings

  • Brandi Raae

    Love the prayer I believe but help my unbelief. It’s a constant prayer of mine. 🙂 Thanks for encouraging us at Literacy Musing Mondays!

  • Beautiful Hymn and such a great Spurgeon quote! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your neighbour at #ThoughtProvokingThursday

  • I’m not familiar with this hymn, and am pleased to be introduced to it! Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you at the party again this week. It’s open now!

  • Jann Olson

    Another hymn that I am not familiar with. Loved reading the words! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.