Recall how David swore

Recall how David swore,
"I'll not come into my house,
Nor go up to my bed,
Give slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find a place for Thee,
A place, O Lord, for Thee."
Our mighty God desires a home
Where all His own may come.
How blinded we have been,
Shut in with what concerns us;
While God's house lieth waste—
Lord, break through, overturn us;
We'll go up to the mountain,
Bring wood and build the house;
We'll never say, "Another day!"
It's time! We'll come and build!
O Lord, against these days,
Inspire some for Your building,
Just as in David's day—
A remnant who are willing
To come and work in Your house,
Oh, what a blessed charge!
Your heart's desire, is our desire—
We come, O Lord, to build.
Within those whom You'd call
Put such a restless caring
For building to give all—
These times are for preparing;
The gates of hell cannot prevail
Against the builded Church!
The hours are few, the builders too—
Lord, build, O build in us!
(Repeat the last four lines)


I really like all the phrases of this song. This song is for the building up of the church. Oh lord, build us until Your second coming. Amen! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Rhoda De Soto

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines

The gates of hell cannot prevail upon the builded church!!!

Kelvin Yang

Nankan, Taiwan

Praise the Lord for this hymn, makes me saved all over again! Oh Lord Amen, Hallelujah!


Singapore, Singapore

We sang this today on the Lord's day! Oh Lord Jesus... recover us, Lord! Oh Lord!

Jeremiah Say


Very inspiring hymn :) I've been searching everywhere for this hymn but couldn't find it. Thank you so much! Finally, I found it.

Pat Justice

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands

Lord have mercy on us that we will come and build and give up with what consumes us. Amen.

Agaphe M.

Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

This song reminds me of "Christ and the Church". That I should take part of building the church of God. Oh, Lord Jesus!

Anne Charis G. Nadayag

Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines

Even our salvation, is all for the building up of God's house. Hallelujah!

Lily Tapel

Manila, Philippines

David is an example of an overcomer who cares not for his own pleasures and enjoyment but for the house of God. I was really touched with the first stanza where he swore before the Lord. what an unselfish prayer! May we be those who pray, "Lord I want nothing for myself. I want everything for You and for the Lord's recovery."


Doris Chen

United States

Praise the Lord the gates of hell cannot prevail

Against the builded Church!

Oh The hours are few, the builders too—

Lord, build, O build through us!

Whether or not the new way will be successful ultimately depends on everyone prophesying. If the practice of everyone prophesying cannot be successfully carried out, we will fall back to the old way of one man speaking. It is very easy for one person to speak, but it is much more difficult for everyone to prophesy in a district meeting; it is hard for the speakers as well as the listeners. Many times we have an experience of hearing a speaking that points directly to our situation and exposes us in the light even though our name is never mentioned. The goal of the new way is for everyone to be on an "operating table," letting the Lord as the great Physician operate on us. As a result, our condition will improve, and God will gain a dwelling place. This is the built-up church, which the enemy fears: "The gates of hell cannot prevail / Against the builded church!" (Hymns, #1248).