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Behold, O Lord, My Days

from Psalm 39

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"Lord, make me to know my end,
And what is the measure of my days,
That I may know how frail I am.
Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my age is as nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor."

(Psalm 39:4–5).

1.   Behold, O Lord, my days are made
         A handbreadth as their span.
      Before the noon, my flow’r must fade,
         The end of ev’ry man.

2.   So teach me Lord, to know my end
         And know that I am frail.       To heav’n let all my thoughts ascend
         And let not earth prevail.

3.   What love of earth can keep me here?
         I hope in You alone.
      When will You open glory’s gates
         And call me to Your throne?

4.   A stranger in this land am I,
         A pilgrim far from rest.
      O be not silent to my cry,
         My yearning soul’s request.

5.   Though I’m exiled from glory’s land,
         I dwell with glory’s King.
      My God is ever near at hand;
         He wakes my voice to sing.

"Behold, O Lord, My Days Are Made"
Words by Charles H. Spurgeon, 1866 alt.
Music by William Croft (1678–1727)
Hymn Tune: ST ANNE (C.M.)
Words and Music ©Public Domain

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