• “Lord, may no gift of yours ever take Your place in my heart. Help me to hold them lightly in an open palm, that the supreme object of my desire may always be You and You alone. Purify my heart.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Twenty-Ninth Day – Loyal Responses – by Francis R. Havergal

Thy Reign

‘Righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.’-ROM. xiv. 17.

I.
THY reign is righteousness,
Not mine, but Thine !—
A covering no less
Than the broad, bright waves of Thy great sea,
That roll triumphantly
From line to pole, and pole to line;
A reign where every rebel thought
In sweet captivity
To Thine obedience is brought.

II.
Thy reign is perfect peace;
Not mine, but Thine !—
A stream that cannot cease,
For its fountain is Thy heart.
O depth unknown! Thou givest of Thine own,
from Thine and filling mine.
The ‘noise of war’ hath passed away;
God’s peace is on the throne,
Ruling with undisputed sway.

III.
Thy reign is joy divine;
Not mine, but Thine;
Or else not any joy to me !
For a joy that flowed not from Thine own.
Since Thou hast reigned alone.
Were vacancy or misery.
O sunshine of Thy realm, how bright
This radiance from Thy throne,
Unspeakable in calmest light!

IV.
Thy reign shall still increase!
I claim Thy word,—
Let righteousness and peace
And joy in the Holy Ghost be found.
And more and more abound
In me, through Thee, O Christ my Lord ;
Take unto Thee Thy power, who art
My Sovereign, many-crowned !
Stablish Thy kingdom in my heart.

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