Lord, with glowing heart I'll praise Thee
For the bliss Thy love bestows.
For the pardoning grace that saves me,
And the peace that from it flows.
Help, O God, my weak endeavors,
This dull soul to rapture raise;
Thou must light the flame, or never
Can my love be warmed to praise.
Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
Wretched wand?rer far astray;
Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee,
From the paths of death away.
Praise, with love?s devoutest feeling,
Him who saw thy guilt-born fear,
And, the light of hope revealing,
Bade the blood-stained Cross appear.
- Johnny D. Pyles
The author, Johnny D. Pyles, of the poem, "With Glowing Heart I'll Praise Thee", was on death?s row in Texas from 1982-1998 when he was executed. He says of his conversion: ?I spent eight years on death row for murder before Jesus became my Lord and Savior. The consequences of my sins have not been removed. I will still reap that which I have sown. Thought I still face the death penalty, I have nothing to fear for Jesus is my Savior and Lord.?
His last statement was:
"I want to tell you folks there, of a?I have a love in my heart for you. I hope you don?t look for satisfaction or comfort or peace in my execution.
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I want him to be yours. I?m sorry for the pain and heartache I?ve caused your family. Too many years I?ve caused all my family problems and heartache. I?m sorry. I wanted to let you know that the Lord Jesus is my life and I just want to go. I?m gonna fall asleep and I?ll be in his presence shortly. I got reason to rejoice and I pray to see all of you there someday."