Question: How is it for you today are you able to say with the writer of this beautiful hymn, song of praise?....Once I tried to use him, now he uses me.
  • Sent in by Brother Wilson, one of his favourites and more important a living experience for this precious minister of the Christ.
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.
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All in all for ever,
Jesus will I sing;
Everything in Jesus,
And Jesus everything.

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 cast.

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 laboured, now for Him alone.

Once I hoped in Jesus, now I know He's mine;
Once my lamps were dying, now they brightly shine.
Once for death I waited, now His coming hail,
And my hopes are anchored, safe within the veil.


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