Father, ’twas Thy love that knew us

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Father, ’twas Thy love that knew us
  Earth’s foundation long before:
That same love to Jesus drew us
  By its sweet constraining pow’r,
And will keep us, and will keep us,
  Safely now, and evermore,
  Safely now, and evermore.
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Now that changeless love enfolds us,
  All its wealth on us bestows;
While its pow’r unchanging holds us
  In a holy calm repose.
God and Father, God and Father,
  Unto Thee our worship flows,
  Unto Thee our worship flows.
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God of love, our souls adore Thee!
  We would still Thy grace proclaim,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
  And in glory praise Thy name;
Praise and worship, praise and worship
  Be to God and to the Lamb!
  Be to God and to the Lamb!
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Nancy Northrup

Crescent City, CA, United States

The writer of this hymn died in 1884, when there wasn't as much clarity about God's economy. The line in stanza 3, "Till we cast our crowns before Thee," is a problem. The hymn is all about the saints love for the Father, and has nothing to do with the angels. According to Rev. 4, it is not WE the believers, but the 24 ANGELIC ELDERS who cast their crowns before the Man on the throne. "According to the preceding verses, this section of the holy Word implies that when the redeemed saints--represented by the man among the 4 living creatures who are redeemed--have been perfected and glorified to be the proper priests and kings (20:6), the temporary priests and kings, the 24 angelic elders, will resign from their offices... (RcV, v. 10 fn. 1)." This error can be corrected by just changing the line to, "AS WE GATHER HERE BEFORE THEE, and in glory praise Thy name."


Nkemdilim Umezude

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Unto thee our worship flows!

Thank you Lord that you are the only one we worship! Keep us looking into you! The author! The finisher of our faith!!


Tamara Paulding

Irondale, AL, United States

God of love, our souls adore Thee!

We would still Thy grace proclaim,

Till we cast our crowns before Thee,

And in glory praise Thy name;

Praise and worship, praise and worship

Be to God and to the Lamb!

Be to God and to the Lamb!


Mario

Abudhabi, Bohol, Philippines

Praise the Lord!!!!


Amelia Wilde

San Antonio, Texas, United States

Be to God and to the lamb!

Unto thee our worship flows!

Safely now and evermore!

HALLELUJAH!!!!!