Father, long before creation

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Father, long before creation,
  Thou hadst chosen us in love;
And that love, so deep, so moving,
  Draws us close to Christ above,
And will keep us, and will keep us,
  Firmly fixed in Christ alone,
  Firmly fixed in Christ alone.
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Though the world may change its fashion,
  Yet our God is e’er the same;
His compassion and His cov’nant
  Through all ages will remain.
God’s own children, God’s own children,
  Must forever praise His name,
  Must forever praise His name.
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God’s compassion is my story,
  Is my boasting all the day;
Mercy free and never failing
  Moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us, God so loved us,
  That His only Son He gave,
  That His only Son He gave.
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Loving Father, now before Thee
  We will ever praise Thy love;
And our song will sound unceasing
  Till we meet Thy Son above,
Giving glory, giving glory,
  To our God and to the Lamb,
  To our God and to the Lamb.
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Lin Lan

United States

God's compassion is my story, is my boasting all the day! I really enjoy how it is not us that need to become better people in order for God to come, but that we should let God move our will and direct our way. Praise the Lord that we can go out to all of the earth to boast of our precious salvation!


Kem

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan

Amen, God bless you lovely Granada. This is such a beautiful song.


Lovely Granada

General Santos City, Philippines

I was really impressed of this song even of its title. I am 13. Of my very young age, this hymn made me realize that God really loves me. God loved me for even before the foundation of the world, He had chosen me. In His humanity He died on the cross, was buried, resurrected and became the life-giving Spirit that I may have His life and live Him. He is now the processed Triune God who can dwell in me. He made Himself humble and closer to me. AMEN.

The fifth step is the turning. For example, after the remembrance of the Lord, we need to turn to worship the Father. Sometimes the Lord's table has not reached the point of worshipping the Father, but a brother selects Hymns, #33; sometimes a brother selects Hymns, #101 immediately after the bread and the cup have been passed. Both are inappropriate. Hence, there is the need of a sixth step for correction. Sometimes a meeting may be quite long. For example, when a great number of saints gather together, it may take a longer time for the bread and the cup to be passed. If this is the case, there may be the need to maintain the spirit through a hymn or some prayers. This is the seventh step, maintaining the spirit for the meeting. Even though we use hymns and prayers to maintain the spirit, there may still be the need to fill up the time with more prayers and singing. This is the eighth step. Then toward the end of the meeting comes the ninth step to sing a concluding hymn. Sometimes even though the meeting has ended, there is still a lingering air; thus, we may select another hymn to send the saints off. This is the tenth step. This can be compared to sending off a friend who has visited you by walking a distance with him.