Shall We Gather at the River?

The illustration above depicts Julius Caesar crossing the River Rubicon on his way to Rome. Once Caesar did this in 49 BC, he and his men were committed to overthrowing the Roman Republic that had lasted for 700 years. Today, “crossing the Rubicon” refers to an individual or group committing itself irrevocably to a risky course of action, similar to the modern phrase “passing the point of no return.”

Salvation is a step of faith, believing that the holy, sinless Son of God will save me from sin through His substitutionary, atoning death on the cross. It is faith that what the Bible says about sin, salvation, and the Savior is true and that my very life depends on it. Jesus said this to a woman when He asked her for a drink of water from a well: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14 NKJV)

As fellow-soldiers, we have assurance that God will keep His Word and that our eternal destiny depends only on His faithfulness and not our own. As fellow-soldiers, fellow-laborers, and fellow-servants, we will meet together at a river one day in the New Jerusalem and spend eternity at the foot of the throne of God. Will you meet us there at that river?

E. W. Long’s Illustrated History of Hymns and their Authors says this about our “Battle Hymn” for today:

“On a very hot summer day, in 1864, Robert Lowry was seated in his parlor in Brooklyn, NY. It was a time when an epidemic was sweeping through the city, and draping many persons and dwellings in mourning. All around friends and acquaintances were passing away in large numbers. The question began to arise in the heart, with unusual emphasis, ‘Shall we meet again? We are parting at the river of death, shall we meet at the river of life?’ ‘Seating myself at the organ,’ says he, ‘simply to give vent to the pent up emotions of the heart, the words and music of the hymn began to flow out, as if by inspiration:—
‘Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod?’”

 

Shall We Gather at the River?

by Robert Lowry

Shall we gather at the river,

Where bright angel feet have trod;

With its crystal tide forever

Flowing by the throne of God?

Refrain

Yes, we’ll gather at the river,

The beautiful, the beautiful river;

Gather with the saints at the river

That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,

Washing up its silver spray,

We will walk and worship ever,

All the happy golden day. [Refrain]

Ere we reach the shining river,

Lay we ev’ry burden down;

Grace our spirits will deliver,

And provide a robe and crown. [Refrain]

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,

Soon our pilgrimage will cease;

Soon our happy hearts will quiver

With the melody of peace. [Refrain]

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”  Revelation 22:1-2

 

The Bugle Call

“Listen to the sound of the trumpet!”

The Roman Army bugle (trumpet) gave signals to soldiers while marching in formation or on the battlefield when their commander wanted them to move in certain directions as a unit. Thousands of troops maneuvered at a single command to execute their leader’s will.

The Bible demonstrates that God uses trumpets to announce major events about His will and intentions for believers. The verses below illustrate how God initiates His sovereignty over history in commanding the Rapture, warnings about the coming Day of the Lord, and the regathering of Israel at the end of the Great Tribulation.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Corinthians 15:51-52 (NKJV)

Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:”  Joel 2:1

“Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’” Jeremiah 6:17

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”  Matthew 24:30-31

The battle hymn below is a “call to arms” for Christian soldiers to prepare for spiritual warfare which we must fight without rest until the trumpet signals that the battle is over and we are called to meet the Lord Jesus in the air!

The Bugle Call

Lyrics by James Summerfield Bitler, Sr. *

Hear the bugle calling,

Come without delay;

Every man be ready

For the fight today.

Do not sleep in danger,

Do not hesitate;

Rouse you up, O soldiers,

For the foe is great.

Refrain

Hear the bugle calling,

Calling you and me;

Awake, ye soldiers of the cross!

Hear the bugle calling,

Calling you and me,

Come without delay;

Rouse you up, O soldiers,

For the fight today!

Hear the bugle calling,

Time is going fast;

Men are dying ’round you,

Life will soon be past!

Seize the moment quickly,

Speak the word just now;

Trust the Lord to guide you,

He will show you how. [Refrain]

Hear the bugle calling;

See, it calls for you!

Don’t say there are others,

That will never do.

For your place, my brother,

Others cannot fill;

You must do your duty,

Do it with a will! [Refrain]

*  James Summerfield Bitler, Sr. (1852–1926) grad­u­at­ed from Ohio Wes­ley­an Un­i­ver­si­ty around 1870. He be­came a well-known ev­an­gel­ist, liv­ing in Ohio, In­di­a­na, Il­li­nois, Mis­so­uri, and Ne­bras­ka. At the time of death, he was pas­tor of the First Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church in Ham­den, Ohio.

Stay alert! Listen for the trumpet!

 

Who is on the Lord’s Side?

Choose you this day…

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15

 

Will you be a good soldier of Jesus Christ or will you follow your own path through life. We’ve looked at submission to God and yielding our lives on the altar to Jesus Christ. Now it’s time to march. Who will you follow?

 

Who is on the Lord’s Side?

by Frances Ridley Havergal * music by C. Luise Reichardt ** arranged by John Goss ***

Who is on the Lord’s side?

Who will serve the King?

Who will be His helpers,

Other lives to bring?

Who will leave the world’s side?

Who will face the foe?

Who is on the Lord’s side?

Who for Him will go?

By Thy call of mercy,

By Thy grace divine,

We are on the Lord’s side—

Savior, we are Thine.

Not for weight of glory,

Not for crown and palm,

Enter we the army,

Raise the warrior psalm;

But for love that claimeth

Lives for whom He died:

He whom Jesus nameth

Must be on His side.

By Thy love constraining,

By Thy grace divine,

We are on the Lord’s side—

Savior, we are Thine.

Jesus, Thou hast bought us,

Not with gold or gem,

But with Thine own life blood,

For Thy diadem;

With Thy blessing filling

Each who comes to Thee,

Thou hast made us willing,

Thou hast made us free.

By Thy grand redemption,

By Thy grace divine,

We are on the Lord’s side—

Savior, we are Thine.

Fierce may be the conflict,

Strong may be the foe,

But the King’s own army

None can overthrow.

’Round His standard ranging,

Victory is secure,

For His truth unchanging

Makes the triumph sure.

Joyfully enlisting,

By Thy grace divine,

We are on the Lord’s side—

Savior, we are Thine.

Chosen to be soldiers,

In an alien land,

Chosen, called, and faithful,

For our Captain’s band;

In the service royal,

Let us not grow cold;

Let us be right loyal, noble,

True and bold.

Master, Thou wilt keep us,

By Thy grace divine,

Always on the Lord’s side—

Savior, always Thine.

* Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879) Frances was a bright but short-lived can­dle in Eng­lish hym­no­dy. She was read­ing by age four, and be­gan writ­ing verse at age sev­en. She learned La­tin, Greek and He­brew, and mem­o­rized the Psalms, the book of Isai­ah, and most of the New Tes­ta­ment. On her tomb­stone was the Scrip­ture verse she claimed as her own: “The blood of Je­sus Christ cleans­eth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

** C. Luise Reichardt (1779–1826) Luise was the daugh­ter of German com­pos­ers and granddaughter of a violinist and composer. Her life knew tra­ge­dy: Her fi­an­cé, died short­ly before they were to mar­ry. Her se­cond fi­an­cé al­so died be­fore their wedding. Some­what lat­er, she lost her voice. Known for her trans­la­tions and ar­range­ments of Han­del’s or­a­tor­i­os, she com­posed ov­er 90 songs and chor­us­es of her own.

*** John Goss (1800–1880) Goss was the son of a church organist and com­posed most­ly church mu­sic. He was or­gan­ist at St. Paul’s Ca­the­dral in London. He was al­so a com­pos­er to the Cha­pel Roy­al, and Pro­fes­sor of Har­mo­ny at the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Mu­sic for al­most half a cen­tu­ry. Queen Vic­tor­ia knight­ed him in 1872, and Cam­bridge Un­i­ver­si­ty award­ed him a Doc­tor of Mu­sic degree in 1876.

Stay alert! Grab your weapons! Follow the Lord!

 

 

 

 

All to Jesus I Surrender

All to Jesus I Surrender; I Surrender All

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

A Roman soldier in antiquity would never think of surrendering! If he were to think of surrender going into battle he would perish. But a good soldier of Jesus Christ would have surrender to God on his mind all the time! Like submission, surrender to God is to put self on the cross and to allow God to rule in our lives. John the Baptist said this about Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

All to Jesus I Surrender

by Judson Van DeVenter * and Winfield S. Weeden **

All to Jesus I surrender,

All to him I freely give;

I will ever love and trust him,

In his presence daily live.

Refrain

I surrender all,

I surrender all,

All to thee, my blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,

Humbly at his feet I bow,

Worldly pleasures all forsaken,

Take me, Jesus, take me now.

(Refrain)

All to Jesus I surrender;

Make me, Savior, wholly thine;

Let me feel the Holy Spirit,

Truly know that thou art mine.

(Refrain)

All to Jesus I surrender,

Lord, I give myself to thee,

Fill me with thy love and power,

Let thy blessing fall on me.

(Refrain)

All to Jesus I surrender;

Now I feel the sacred flame.

Oh, the joy of full salvation!

Glory, glory, to his name!

(Refrain)

* Judson Van DeVenter was an art teacher and supervisor of art in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania. He was, in addition, an accomplished musician, singer, and composer. He was also an active layman in his Methodist Episcopal Church, involved in the church’s evangelistic meetings. Van DeVenter wavered for five years between becoming a recognized artist or devoting himself to ministry. Finally, he surrendered his life to Christian service, and wrote the text of this hymn while conducting a meeting in Ohio

** Winfield S. Weeden was Van DeVenter’s associate and singer for many years. “All to Jesus I Surrender” was put to music by Weeden, and first published in 1896 in Gospel Songs of Grace and Glory, a collection of old and new hymns by various hymnists.

Battle Hymn: Captain of My Salvation, Hear!

Hear me, O God!

King David was a soldier who prayed to God for help and deliverance in battle and especially when it looked like the enemy could prevail. He prayed not only for God to save him because he was the king over God’s people, but also so Israel’s enemies would see that Israel’s God was over all other gods and keeps His promise to deliver His people for His Name’s sake. Moses said, “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome…” (Deuteronomy 10:17) God, through Isaiah, proclaimed, “I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.” (43:11; also 45:5)

“Answer me speedily, O Lord;

My spirit fails!

Do not hide Your face from me,

Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,

For in You do I trust;

Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,

For I lift up my soul to You.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;

In You I take shelter.

Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!

For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

In Your mercy cut off my enemies,

And destroy all those who afflict my soul;

For I am Your servant.”

Psalm 143:7-12 (NKJV)

 

Captain of My Salvation, Hear!

by Charles Wesley *

Captain of my salvation, hear!

Stir up Thy strength, and bow the skies:

Be Thou the God of battles, near;

In all Thy majesty arise!

The day, the dreadful day’s at hand!

In battle cover Thou my head:

Past is Thy word: Here I stand,

And confident expect Thine aid.

Now arm me for the threatening fight;

Now let Thy power descend from high;

Triumphant in Thy Spirit’s might,

So shall I every foe defy.

I ask Thy help; by Thee sent forth

Thy glorious Gospel to proclaim,

Be Thou my mouth, and shake the earth,

And spread by me Thy awful name.

Steel me to shame, reproach, disgrace,

Arm me with all Thy armor now,

Set like a flint my steady face,

Harden to adamant my brow.

Bold may I wax, exceeding bold,

My high commission to perform,

Nor shrink Thy harshest truths to unfold,

But more than meet the gathering storm.

Adverse to earth’s rebellious throng,

Still may I turn my fearless face,

Stand as an iron pillar strong,

And steadfast as a wall of brass.

Give me Thy might, Thou God of power;

Then let or man or fiends assail!

Strong in Thy strength, I’ll stand a tower

Impregnable to earth or hell.

* Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was the son of Sam­u­el Wes­ley and Su­san­na An­nes­ley, bro­ther of John Wes­ley, and hus­band of Sar­ah Wes­ley. Charles and John wrote over 6,000 hymns. In ad­di­tion to hymn writ­ing, Charles and John Wesley found­ed the move­ment which be­came the Me­thod­ist de­no­mi­na­tion.

Be alert! Pray without ceasing! March on!

 

Battle Hymn: The Spirit’s Sword

The Sword of the Spirit – The Word of God

The prophet Isaiah recorded the words below which were spoken by the Servant of the LORD, the Messiah of Israel. John explains that Jesus of Nazareth is the Living Word (John 1:1-4) who brings grace and truth; this is the same Son of God who will judge the world. (John 5:22; 9:39; 12:47-48)

“And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword;

In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,

And made Me a polished shaft;

In His quiver He has hidden Me.” Isaiah 49:2

The Spirit’s Sword

by Matt Gleiser* and Matt Taylor**

The Word of God, the Spirit’s Sword,

Divinely made in heaven’s forge.

Inerrant truth from God’s own mind,

No blemish mars its perfect shine.

[Refrain]

Unsheathe the Sword of Christ the Lord;

Unsheathe the power of the Word.

The Holy Spirit’s sovereign Blade

Can never fail to wound and save.

Alive and mighty, straight and true,

The Sword is ancient yet still new.

It ever speaks to Adam’s race

Eternal words from age to age. [Refrain]

Still sharper than a double edge,

The Sword will pierce the hearts of men,

Exposing all our secret thoughts

Before the searching eyes of God. [Refrain]

With shattered conscience for our ways,

We look to Christ for healing grace.

For though the Word lays bare our sin,

We find new life and hope in Him. [Refrain]

* Matt Gleiser leads an itinerant gospel ministry to local churches. He has had a long relationship with The Wilds Christian Camp & Conference Center in Taylors, S.C. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University and enjoys writing new hymns for the church that exalt Christ and His cross.

** Matt Taylor is a graduate of Bob Jones University and has been Music Director at The Wilds since 2005.

Be alert! Grab your Sword! March on!

Battle Hymn: We Rest on Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)

Fellow soldiers, this hymn came to my attention a few days ago and I want to post it now even though it is out of sequence from my earlier post on “The Shield of Faith.” The lyrics by Edith Cherry will inspire our devotion and faith! More than that, the following story touched my heart when I read what it meant to five godly missionaries who were martyred in the jungle of Ecuador more than 60 years ago. It expresses their trust in Almighty God before they ventured into the unknown to tell a tribal people about Jesus and His saving grace.

Miss Cherry’s beautiful hymn, “We Rest on Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender” was sung in 1956, by five missionaries preparing to make contact with the Auca Indians of Ecuador. Their goal was to take the Gospel to this remote tribe who had never had contact with white men. Even knowing that the Auca Indians might attack them for entering their jungle habitat, these men considered the price and knew it was worthwhile. A few days later, Auca tribe members speared to death Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian on a riverbank two days after the men made an initial friendly contact. Elisabeth Elliot, wife of Jim Elliot, drew the title for her book, Through Gates of Splendor, from a line of Edith Cherry’s hymn. Elliot writes this in her book about when their families met for the last time before the five men flew into the jungle:

“At the close of their prayers the five men sang one of their favorite hymns, “We Rest on Thee,” to the stirring tune of  Sibelius’ ‘Finlandia.’ Jim and Ed had sung this hymn since college days and knew the verses by heart. On the last verse their voices rang out with deep conviction.

“‘We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender:

  Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise

When reigning in the Kingdom of Thy splendor;

  Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.’”

Jim Elliot’s credo lives on today: “He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” (Elisabeth Elliot went to be with the Lord in 2015 at the age of 88.)

We Rest on Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender

by Edith Cherry (1872-1897)  *

(to the tune of “Be Still My Soul”)

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender;

  We go not forth alone against the foe;

Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender.

  We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

Yea, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!

  In Thy dear Name, all other names above;

Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,

  Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,

  And needing more each day Thy grace to know:

Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;

  We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender:

  Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise

When reigning in the Kingdom of Thy splendor;

  Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.

*  Edith Cherry—Born at Plymouth, Devon, UK, she was disabled from the age of 16 months by poliomyelitis and walked with crutches. The death of her only sister, who died at age 4, when Edith was age 6, devastated her. She had a gift for poetry and wrote much before the age of 15. She had two strokes in early life, and a third, at age 25, took her life. She wrote beautiful poems and many hymn lyrics, filling two volumes.

 

Battle Hymn – The Shield of Faith

The LORD is my strength and my shield

“As for God, His way is perfect;

The word of the Lord is proven;

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

For who is God, except the Lord?

And who is a rock, except our God?

It is God who arms me with strength,

And makes my way perfect.

He makes my feet like the feet of deer,

And sets me on my high places.

He teaches my hands to make war,

So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;

Your right hand has held me up,

Your gentleness has made me great.”

Psalm 18:30-35 (NKJV)

 

The Shield of Faith

by Barney E Warren * and Daniel S. Warner **

Take the shield of faith, my brother,

Hold it boldly in the light;

And its awful burnished glory

Will put every foe to flight.

[Refrain]

In the mighty name of Jesus,

Ever lift up the shield of faith;

Wield the sword of truth, my brother,

Heaven will crown thy fight of faith.

Faith is mighty and will conquer,

Bind it firmly on thy heart;

On the hottest field of battle,

Thou wilt quench the vilest dart. [Refrain]

And when trouble specters round thee,

Come, thy spirit to depress,

Lift the shield of faith abounding,

And thy soul shall calmly rest. [Refrain]

Then put on the holy armor,

And defy the tempting throng,

Over all the foes that gather,

Shout and sing the victor’s song. [Refrain]

*  Barney E. Warren was con­vert­ed in 1884 at a re­vi­val near Ban­gor, Mich­i­gan. Two years lat­er he joined with Dan­i­el S. War­ner and his evan­gel­is­tic sing­ing com­pa­ny as a bass sing­er. War­ren is cred­it­ed with writ­ing over 7,000 songs. Warren was a min­is­ter as well as a song writ­er, and pas­tored sev­er­al con­gre­ga­tions. He al­so helped pro­duce song books and hym­nals for the Gos­pel Trum­pet Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny.

** Daniel S. Warner was born in 1842 in Bris­tol, Ohio and died in Grand Junc­tion, Mi­chi­gan, of pneu­mo­nia. During his years of evangelistic singing, he wrote lyrics and Barney E. Warren wrote the musical score for thousands of hymns.

Battle Hymn – Wonderful Peace

 

 

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1 (NKJV)

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

Sometimes our battle hymns are meant to stir us up to continue in our spiritual struggles or to encourage us forward to accomplish great things for God. This hymn speaks of a settled peace from God and with God that “...surpasses all understanding, [that] will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) Like a soldier’s well-fitted shoes that allow him to march for many miles, or the shoes that give him a firm grip on the ground during a fierce battle, the peace of God gives us confident serenity in the trials of life.

 

Wonderful Peace

by W.D. Cornell *

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight

Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;

In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls

O’er my soul like an infinite calm.

[Refrain]

Peace, peace, wonderful peace,

Coming down from the Father above!

Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray

In fathomless billows of love!

What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,

Buried deep in the heart of my soul,

So secure that no power can mine it away,

While the years of eternity roll! [Refrain]

I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,

Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;

For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,

And His glory is flooding my soul! [Refrain]

And I think when I rise to that city of peace,

Where the Author of peace I shall see,

That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing

In that heavenly kingdom will be: [Refrain]

Ah soul, are you here without comfort and rest,

Marching down the rough pathway of time?

Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;

Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime! [Refrain]

* W.D. Cornell was born in Whiteford, Michigan and in 1877—at the ripe old age of 19 years—he went to Texas, where he spent a year teaching in the “colored” department of the newly formed Dallas Public Schools. Licensed by the Southern Methodist conference in 1879, he was appointed to preach in Denton and Gainesville, both in the North Texas area, for a year each. It would be interesting to know what caused this young man to go so far from home; but in 1881 he removed to the vicinity of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he spent the majority of his preaching career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battle Hymn – Keep Your Heart

Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.”

Proverbs 4:23

Keep Your Heart

by Mac Lynch

Now on this mountaintop we have gleaned so many things.

We’ve been drawn closer to His heart, a place that trial brings.

We have seen vict’ry over sin, and witnessed answered prayer.

We have known Christ be our only strength, found His Word a jewel rare.

[Refrain]

Keep your heart, keep your heart, keep your heart with all diligence.

Keep it clean, keep it pure, make your love for Christ endure.

Guard your ears; guard your eyes; Pressing onward to the prize.

Lest you fall, lest you fail, make your love for Christ prevail.

Now from this mountaintop to your valley here below,

You have all of the armory to defeat that wicked foe.

The vict’ry is at your command, Your prayers He’ll answer still.

Be the guardian of your only heart, Heed this Word, His perfect will.

[Refrain]

Stay alert! Put on your armor! March on!