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Hymns of My Youth II: Lead On, O King Eternal


By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

—Hebrews 11:8–10

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

—Philippians 3:20–21

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Lead On, O King Eternal

Lead on, O King Eternal,
The day of march has come!
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home;
Thru days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King Eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King Eternal,
Till sin’s fierce war shall cease
And holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums—
With deeds of love and mercy
The heav’nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King Eternal,
We follow, not with fears!
For gladness breaks like morning
Where’er Thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o’er us—
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest—
Lead on, O God of might.

Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).



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