Salvation Drawing Nearer

Darkness overspreads us here,
But the night wears fast away;
Jacob’s star will soon appear,
Leading on eternal day!
Now ’tis time to rouse from sleep,
Trim our lamps and stand prepared;
For our Lord strict watch to keep,
Lest he find us off our guard.

Let his people courage take,
Bear with a submissive mind
All they suffer for his sake,
Rich amends they soon will find:
He will wipe away their tears,
Near himself appoint their lot;
All their sorrows, pains and fears,
Quickly then wilt be forgot.

Though already saved, by grace,
From the hour we first believed;
Yet while sin and war have place,
We have but a part received:
Still we for salvation wait,
Every hour it nearer comes!
Death will break the prison gate,
And admit us to our homes.

Sinners, what can you expect?
You who now the Saviour dare;
Break his laws, his grace reject,
You must stand before his bar!
Tremble, lest he say, Depart!
Oh the horrors of that sound!
Lord, make every careless heart,
Seek thee while thou may’st be found.

John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 127

27 thoughts on “Salvation Drawing Nearer

      1. Welcome Crissy! Yes too much to do and not enough time to do it, but hopefully by being in better alignment with the Lord’s will the priorities and things that should get done will, by better serving Him alone. Blessing to you. Amen. 🙏

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      2. Hello again Crissy! Sorry I haven’t been as visible or keeping up but I’ve been fighting off something which I feel isn’t Corona, but not feeling totally with it so I messed up here and there! I hope you and yours are all well and staying healthy and that the Lord richly blesses you! If you need anything just feel free to let me know here or email anytime! Take care! 😊 🙏 🙏
        Lawrence

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      3. Thank you very much Crissy, and I will be of course including you in my praying, If I come up with a particular prayer need I will definitely take you up on your kind offer to pray for it. I hope you are staying safe and managing well through our global crisis. Let me know if anything comes up that you want to ask or talk about anytime. 🙏 🙏 😇 😇

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      4. Hi there Crissy! Thank you very much and I’m slowly improving. I think I have a general flu hopefully not this Corona. I have a container of my special high octane rocket fuel, chicken soup, in the refrigerator freezer that has many powerful herbs and vegetables, which I’m going to warm up today so that will give me a boost too! But the prayers and trust in our Lord is the most powerful medicine! He said, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”
        Please be safe and relax as you have time, perhaps find some nice pleasant things to do that you haven’t had time for! See you again here soon! Thank you again for your prayers and I will say some more for you! Shalom.

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