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Take Time To Be Holy – hymn

Take Time To Be Holy

Where is my time spent? What do I take time for? How do I use my time?

Is it wisely spent in time with God? If I am honest, my answer is most often “no.”

But if I look at the words of this hymn, and truly take them to heart, my time will be spent differently.

I need to be dedicating more time to spending with God, spending it in His word, reading the Bible, praying, and praising. I want to do as God desires. I want to be “fitted for service above.” I want to be following Jesus, whether in good or bad, to have that faith that shows me that my time spent with him “in secret” has strengthened me to face the trials of the world.


So, as this day moves forward I will strive to do what these lyrics implore me to – take time, speak often with God, be IN him and feed on His word. These are my goals for this week. What are yours?

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Take Time To Be Holy

lyrics: William D. Longstaff (1887)
music: George C. Stebbins (1890)


1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.

4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.


Before the Throne of God – hymn

Before the Throne of God

This is a beautiful hymn. I don’t believe we sing it often as it is not one the is terribly familiar to me. But read through these words!

I know that while in heav’n He stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart.

God is in control. No one can remove me from Heaven if God says to me “Enter in, my good and faithful servant.” What a wonderful thought! And something to strive for.

Many of the phrases in this hymn were poignant.

But this is the one that just caught my breath –

. . .for God the just is satisfied
to look on Him and pardon me.

I am pardoned, from everything, because of Jesus. God look on Jesus, on Him, and forgives everything I have ever done. He does not see my sin any longer because of Jesus. Because of Jesus on the CROSS!! No just Jesus coming as a man but taking on all of the sin of the world in order to provide the gift of salvation. What an amazing thing for us.

I am so thankful I have taken advantage of that gift and been baptized, forgiven of my sin, and added to His church. Have you?

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Before the Throne of God

words: Charitie Bancroft (1863)
music: Hubert Parry (1916)

1 Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
a great High Priest, whose name is Love
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
my name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heav’n He stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart.

2 When Satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look, and see Him there
who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
my sinful soul is counted free,
for God the just is satisfied
to look on Him and pardon me.

3 Behold Him there! the risen Lamb!
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM”
the King of glory and of grace!
One with Himself, I cannot die;
my soul is purchased by His blood;
my life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ my Savior and my God.

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah – hymn

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

“Guide Me O Thou great Jehovah” is a hymn that I have sung since childhood. I know it well enough that when I was looking it up to read about it, I saw several versions that have added verses that I don’t know and do not repeat the phrasing at the end of each stanza. There is also an alternate musical setting for it. The one I sang as a child and sing most of the time in worship is by Hastings but there is another in our songbook by John Hughes in 1907, as well as other settings to be found. The authorship of the lyrics does seem to stay steady, though.

When you read through these stanzas or you sing this hymn, what do you think of? I feel as though we are meant to be thinking of the Hebrews as they wander in the desert. They had to rely on God for their needs to be met. We are, similarly, called to rely upon God to meet any needs we have. We are allow God to guide us through this “barren land” that we currently call home. He will meet our physical needs but He will also meet the needs of our heart.

How do we really, truly rely upon God when our human desire is to work, work, work to do the things that “need” to be done to put food on the table and a roof over heads? Well, I don’t have the answer but I have some thoughts.

1 – Read His word. This is God talking to us. If we read what He is saying to us daily, we will see more clearly how He is working in our lives.

2 – Pray. This is us talking to God. If we truly see God as our father, shouldn’t we converse with Him? Shouldn’t we talk with Him? Also, He directs us in the Bible to talk to Him, to pray, to share the concerns of our lives. So, talk to God through prayer often.

3 – Worship. This can be by yourself but it should also include regular times of worship with other believers. Allowing God to talk to you and you talking to God, as well as singing praise to Him, will bring you to a place where you will see God guiding you, just as He guided the Hebrew people out of Egypt.

So, “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah”. Please, guide me.

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“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

lyrics: William Williams (1745)
music: Thomas Hastings (1830)

1. Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.
Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
Strong Deliverer
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s Destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee.
Songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee.

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus – hymn

Stand Up Stand Up For Jesus

Often, when I think of what I need to be doing, standing is not a part of my thoughts. Especially since recently standing has been a tad painful. But this song reminds me of an important way in which I do need to stand – I need to stand up for Jesus. He is always with me and He calls for my complete obedience, no matter what earth may throw my way.

In our Sunday evening services recently, our preacher has been speaking on Acts and tonight the lesson was on Acts 21-22. Paul stands up for who he is and what he has done, stating boldly his beliefs in Christ and the resurrection, among other things. But that boldness is something I have been praying for – to be able to boldly stand up for Jesus.

I came across a set of books at the library a couple of weeks ago and have been reading through them. They are a series called Chosen Daughters and are about girls who stood up for Jesus at different times in history. From the persecution of the Scottish Covenanters to those who were killed as heretics during the 16th century in England, these books dive into lives of young girls who live during those times, some are even martyred. The lengths which the girls go to in order to stand up for Christ? Humbling to me that I am a bit scared to even talk to neighbors.

I have been praying for boldness and this series came into my hands. I have been praying for boldness and many of the Bible lessons I have heard lately have been encouraging me to stand up for Jesus. And this song goes right along with that theme. My prayer remains that I will “Stand up, stand up for Jesus.”

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Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

words: George Duffield (1858)
music: George J. Webb (1837)

1 Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross!
Lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
his army he shall lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.

2 Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the solemn watchword hear;
if while ye sleep he suffers,
away with shame and fear.
Where’er ye meet with evil,
within you or without,
charge for the God of battles,
and put the foe to rout.

3 Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armour,
each piece put on with prayer;
when duty calls or danger
be never wanting there.

4 Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor’s song.
To him that overcometh
a crown of life shall be;
he with the King of glory
shall reign eternally.

This World Is Not My Home – hymn

This World Is Not My Home

The thoughts I posted yesterday on Not Enough brought this hymn to mind. It is one that goes through my mind often. There is something comforting about the thought that this world is not my home, that I am not meant to be here long, that this is not a permanent place for me.

Heaven is a comfort and while I enjoy my life that God has given me here, I am glad to know that I get to go there for eternity. That I don’t have to stay in this broken world for long.

This hymn has a beautiful way of putting it. Hear it at Great Songs Chapel from Oklahoma Christian University or listen in the video below.

Just a note: I have found an additional version of this that is attributing it to someone else and the words have been changed from these traditional verses. The ones here are the ones that express it all best.


I have no friend like my Lord and I am so thankful that He has made heaven my home.

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This World Is Not My Home

words & music: Albert E. Brumley

1 This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

O Lord you know I have no friend like you
If Heaven’s not my home, then Lord what will I do?
The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

2 They’re all expecting me and that’s one thing I know.
My Savior pardoned me and now I onward go.
I know He’ll take me through, though I am weak and poor.
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.


3 I have a loving Savior up in glory-land,
I don’t expect to stop until I with Him stand,
He’s waiting now for me in heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.


4 Just up in Glory Land we’ll live eternally.
The Saints on every hand are shouting victory.
Their song of sweetest praise drifts back from Heaven’s shore
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.




O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go – hymn

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

This hymn has just been on my mind so I thought I would share it. I  hope that the love, light, and joy of Christ bring me to His cross, that I might give my life to Him. There are a couple of tunes for this one that have appeared across the years but this is the version that I prefer.


Enjoy and may you experience the “Love That Wilt Not Let You Go.”

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O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

words: George Matheson, 1882
music: Albert L. Peace, 1884

1 O love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

2 O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
my heart restores its borrowed ray,
that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
may brighter, fairer be.

3 O joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.

4 O cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red
life that shall endless be.

One Day! – hymn

One Day

For the last couple of weeks, this hymn has been sung around our home. Over and over. Often that drives me bananas but this hymn just has something about it that forces my mind to be joyful. There is so much joy, so much hope just built into the lyrics of this song. My hope rises and my soul rejoices when I hear my giggly girls breaking out in song and singing about Jesus’ love, His dying for me, and that One Day when He will come back.

It reminds me of a question that our preacher asked this morning in worship. We often think about our risen Savior but do we often remember that this same Savior will be coming back in clouds of glory? Do we remember that until He comes, we are to be reflecting His love, His light?

It is a good song to help me see that One Day is coming and I need to be prepared for that.

Want to hear it sung? Visit OCU’s Great Songs Chapel.

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One Day

J. Wilbur Chapman, 1910
Charles H. Marsh, 1910

1 One day when Heaven Was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was As black as could be,
Jesus came forth To be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men, my example is He!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried My sins far away;
Rising He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming– O glorious day! 

2 One day they led Him Up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him To die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected:
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He![Chorus]

3 One day they left Him Alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He![Chorus]

4 One day the grave Could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore![Chorus]

5 One day the trumpet Will sound for His coming,
One day the skies With His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved One bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine![Chorus]

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