Sunday, January 01, 2017

Back to the Beginning

"The LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken… When he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers" (2 Chronicles 33:10,12).  "Praise God… for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness" (Psalm 150:1,2).  "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge… Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you" (Proverbs 1:7,23).   

The dawn of a new year begins
As God gives us vision today
And grace now to turn from our sins
With hearts that will humbly obey. 

It's time to get back to the start,
Recalling again our first love
When we gave to Jesus our heart
And set our affections above. 

Praise God for His wonderful acts
Which we have explored with delight! 
Be done with the sin that distracts;
Let's serve Him with all of our might! 

Back to the beginning, O Lord,
To wisdom that came by Your fear,
We turn as we seek the reward
Of fuller surrender this year.  

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