Before I knew

This was written by a young man before experiencing a devastating time in his life. He later stated the following: “I was, at that time, writing from what I had been taught but not experienced. Now, many years and trials later I have experienced a bit of what I wrote. I have known a bit of physical poverty as well as emotional and spiritual poverty. Knowing my self so much better I appreciate so much more God's grace.” 1982

Lord Jesus, each morning as I rise I set my face on thee.

Oh miracle that thou should shine in grace thy light on me.

No strength have I to live this day according to thy will,

so please, Lord, help this sinner be glorifying still.


Much richer I should be in lowest poverty.

No place to lay my head or rest just food enough to eat.

Much richer would I be in lowest poverty.

Than if I had much earthly gain laid up in store for me.


No place to lay my head and rest, just what the Lord should meet.

His word and presence in my heart and two obedient feet.

Then should I have great joy and peace and far more richer be,

than if ten thousand kings should bring their riches unto me.


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