Thanks to my friend and former post-college roommate, Dave Scudder, pastor in Philadelphia, I submit the following from The Letters of John Newton:
+"Hold me up--and I shall be safe!" Psalm 119:117
We are poor, weak, inconsistent creatures--if left but a little to ourselves. When I think how cold, dull and heartless I have been; how often I have wandered, how often trifled upon the brink of temptation; when I consider what powerful, vigilant, and subtle enemies are combined against me; and how many professors have fallen on my right hand and my left--I am amazed at the greatness of His mercy in preserving me!
I am a living commentary that there is forgiveness with Him--and that He is able to save to the uttermost!