August 27, 2012

♪♫ Where the Gates Swing Outward Never

Just a few more days to be filled with praise,
And to tell the old, old story;
Then, when twilight falls, and my Savior calls,
I shall go to Him in glory.

I’ll exchange my cross for a starry crown,
Where the gates swing outward never;
At His feet I’ll lay every burden down,
And with Jesus reign forever.

Just a few more years with their toil and tears,
And the journey will be ended;
Then I’ll be with Him, where the tide of time
With eternity is blended.

Though the hills be steep and the valleys deep,
With no flowers my way adorning;
Though the night be lone and my rest a stone,
Joy awaits me in the morning.

What a joy ’twill be when I wake to see
Him for Whom my heart is burning!
Nevermore to sigh, nevermore to die,
For that day my heart is yearning.

Words & Music: Charles H. Ga­br­iel, cir­ca 1917 

What really spoke to me in this song was the first line in the refrain/chorus. "I'll exchange my cross for a starry crown..." You can only get a crown in heaven if you were willing to pick up the cross and follow Christ here on earth. To many think they're "good" because they prayed a saved...yes, the might be on their way to heaven but then? Will you hear the words, "Welcome home my child, well done"?

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