I found this song along with many others in a songbook Pentecostals used to use (and some still do) called “Sing Unto the Lord”. It was written by Rev. Elisha A. Hoffman. In prayer this morning I felt led to go through this hymnal and read some of the verses that the pioneers in the early part of the 20th century felt led to write. The words are powerful and impressed me deeply after hearing Bro. Flowers message at EPC Wednesday night on repentance.
“You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith to increase, and have earnestly fervently prayed; But you cannot have rest, or be perfectly blest, until all on the altar is laid.
Would you walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, and have peace and contentment always? You must do His sweet will, to be free from all ill, on the altar your all you must lay.
O, we never can know what the Lord will bestow, of the blessings for which we have prayed, ‘Til our body and soul He doth fully control, and our all on the altar is laid.
Who can tell all the love He will send from above, and how happy our hearts will be made. Of the fellowship sweet we shall share at His feet, when our all on the altar is laid.
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? You heart, does the Spirit control? You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, as you yield Him your body and soul.”
Since I am now considered “elderly” I am aware that the younger generation thinks these older hymns were depressing or negative but I have found a rich floodgate of anointing in reading the words. There is a day coming when we will meet the Lord on “that celestial shore”. It should be the longing of our heart as the dark clouds gather to look up for our redemption draweth nigh.