Sunday, December 27, 2015

Presently Praising

"NOW will I praise the LORD" (Genesis 29:35).  "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1,2).  "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth... Be wise... Be thou diligent" (Proverbs 27:1,11,23).  "NOW we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God" (1 Corinthians 2:12). 

The past is gone; the future waits. 
The time called NOW is ours to use. 
Yet NOW, like steam, evaporates,
And time we waste is time we lose.

Now is the time to lift our eyes
And give to God our heartfelt praise. 
Now is the time we should be wise
And diligent in all our ways. 

Since we have now received God's Spirit
Who shows the Gospel that God gave,
We pray for those who yet may hear it
And plead with those whom God may save. 

O Lord, we praise you presently
For all the blessings You endow! 
As we approach eternity,
We thus redeem the time called now.  

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