Lord Jesus, I long in Thy presence to live


Shanghai, China

Praise the Lord,I love traveling very much these day, and I spent a lot of time in forum, planning to go to many places, but I have no peace in me, and Lord give me this hymn, "Each time when I dream of the goodness of life, I pray Thee, dear Lord, that Thou in it may be; O do not allow me to choose by myself, Nor seek any pleasure that's other than Thee. "

Rosita Enriquez

Anaheim, CA, United States

The four stanzas on this hymn are very precious. Every word seems to be so meaningful to our brother Watchman Nee. Lord Jesus I long in Thy presence to live! O let not my heart be contented or rest, when loving or seeking what with Thee doth part! My only joy, You!

It has been one of the hymns I have enjoyed for many years. Every time so fresh.

Isaiah Tor

Sydney, NSW, Australia

This hymn unveils to us the practical depths of a life spent in and for Christ in His loving, sweet and most intimate presence with and in us. The flavour of this hymn does not in the slightest way betray the element and character of the self, nor the flesh, but reveals one who in spirit is always living in His presence in unceasing and unbroken intimacy regardless of the environment and any length of time (verse 1), regardless of how good life may be and the rest it may afford (verse 2), because of the application and enjoyment of His word in portrayal of His precious Being and the depths of His mercy and grace when we come before His throne and unto the hope of being raptured to be with Him at His coming, and the full and utter enjoyment of His presence in His kingdom.

Cielo Sio

Quezon City, Philippines

I learned this hymn during my early years in the Lord. It's like a very sweet prayer unto the Lord. What touches me is the phrase -- "O let not my heart be contented or rest, when loving or seeking what with Thee doth part". In our human life on this earth, we can get easily attracted to many things other than Christ. Consciously or unconsciously, we are pursuing many things in this world which are not pleasing to the Lord. We may think that it's just alright but sooner or later we will find that our hearts are not at rest and still not contented. Then we must know that it is because we are loving and seeking many things other than Christ. Only Christ can satisfy us and fill us. Praise the Lord.

Esmonde Lim Wei Chen

Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

I Like this hymn very much especially the last two lines of stanza 3.

"If thru my shortcomings Thou hear not my prayer, Withdraw not Thy presence, O hide not Thy face."

Enjoy His presence!

When we pray in our reading of the Word, we turn the verses we have read into prayer. When we pray, we must forget everything else and have only the Lord and His word. Hymns, #389 says, "From morning to evening my one world Thou art." This means that when we seek the Lord, we have only one world: "O Lord, You are my world; I seek You." When you pray a simple prayer like this, whatever you read and understand will enter into you. Once the word enters your spirit, it becomes the Spirit and life. However, if you do not pray, then the word that you read will not become the Spirit, nor will it become life.