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Himself

  • Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord;
  • Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word;
  • Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own;
  • Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone.
  • Once ‘twas painful trying, now ‘tis perfect trust;
  • Once a half salvation, now the uttermost;
  • Once ‘twas ceaseless holding, now He holds me fast;
  • Once ‘twas constant drifting, now my anchor’s rest.
  • Once ‘twas busy planning, now ‘tis trustful prayer;
  • Once ‘twas anxious caring, now He has the care;
  • Once ‘twas what I wanted, now what Jesus says;
  • Once ‘twas constant asking, now ‘tis ceaseless praise.
  • Once it was my working, His it hence shall be;
  • Once I tried to use Him, now He uses me;
  • Once the power I wanted, now the Mighty One;
  • Once for self I labored, now for Him alone.

- A.B. Simpson

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