177. Though in a Foreign Land

S.M.
by Toplady
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Though in a foreign land,
 
We are not far from home;
 
And nearer to our rest above
 
We every moment come.
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)
“But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” (1 Corinthians 7:29)
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9)
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)
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Secure within the veil,
 
Christ is our anchor strong;
 
While power supreme, and love divine,
 
Still guide us safe along.
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And should the surges rise—
 
Should sore afflictions come,
 
Blest is the sorrow, kind the storm,
 
That drives us nearer home.
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God's grace will to the end
 
Clearer and brighter shine;
 
Nor present things, nor things to come,
 
Can change His love divine.
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Soon shall our pains and fears
 
Forever pass away;
 
For we shall soon the Savior see
 
In everlasting day.