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Pressing On We Journey

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33).

Seek FIrst the Kingdom

 

1.   Christ our greatest treasure,
         He our highest aim!
      Christ our deepest comfort,
         Him we now acclaim!
      By His death, He saved us,
         By His life, we live.
      To the King of glory,
         All our lives we give .

     Pressing on, we journey,
         Christ we now confess,
      Seeking first His kingdom
         And His righteousness.

2.   Rescued from destruction,
         Told to seek the light;
      Pulled up from the mire,
         Fitted for the fight.
      Christ, in every instance
         Guides us in the Way,
      Graciously providing
         Mercies every day.

     Pressing on, we journey,
         Pilgrims we progress,
      Seeking first His kingdom
         And His righteousness.

3.   Fret not for tomorrow,
         Fear not past regrets.
      He heals every sorrow,
         Sure the course He sets.
      All these things are added,
         What to eat and wear;
      All our needs provided,
         By His loving care.

     Pressing on, we journey,
         Joys we now possess,
      Seeking first His kingdom
         And His righteousness.

4.   We long for that day when
         We'll see face to face
      Christ, the King of Glory,
         Full of truth and grace.
      But until that moment,
         Finally He descends,
      We will ever seek Him,
         Faithful to the end.

     Pressing on, we journey,
         Hope we now express,
      Seeking first His kingdom
         And His righteousness.

"Pressing On We Journey"
WORDS: Ken Puls, February 24, 2017
MUSIC: James Mountain, 1844-1933
TUNE: WYE VALLEY (6.5.6.5.D. with Refrain)
THEME: The priority of seeking Christ and His Kingdom

This hymn is based on Jesus' command in Matthew 6:33 to seek "first His kingdom and His righteousness" and on John Bunyan's allegory The Pilgrim's Progress.

We will never find joy and contentment in this life apart from Christ and His righteousness. There are two great enemies of joy and contentment: regret and worry. Regret keeps us from joy in the present by fixating on the past—which we cannot change and is over. Worry keeps us from joy in the present by fixating on the future—which we cannot control and is uncertain. The gospel sets us free from both. We trust Christ, knowing that our sins are forgiven and our future rests in the hands of a loving and merciful God. We can press on in new mercies every day knowing that He will provide all we need to reach our journey's end. Read more about this hymn on the blog.

Words ©2017 Kenneth A Puls
Music: Public Domain

 

 

This hymn is set to the tune WYE VALLEY: the same tune as "Like a River Glorious"

 

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