(George Everard, “Up High!” 1884)
“He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ” Ephesians 1:5
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus!” Galatians 3:26
Here is one of the sweetest privileges of the Christian life. The Christian is a beloved child, and shares all the love and tenderness of the Father’s heart!
This one thought is a fountain of unfailing happiness!
“I am at home with God!
Once I was far off but now I am near.
And once I was a stranger but now His beloved child!
Once the thought of His presence was fear and dread but now it is life, joy, and peace.
He is my Father, and in this Name all heart-joys meet.
Because He knows me by name, and cares for me in all my cares.
He pities me, and in tender compassion marks each tear I shed and each sorrow that weighs upon my heart.
Because He opens His hand, and each day gives me all that I need.
He bows down His ear and hearkens to each prayer I offer.
Therefore I have boldness and liberty to go at all times into His presence-chamber, and may tell Him every desire and ask of Him whatever is for my good.”