A.B. Simpson wrote a song entitled: “Himself” approximately 100 years ago. Please take a moment to read the the lyrics:
Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord. Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word. Once His gifts I wanted, now the Giver own. Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone.
Once ’twas painful trying, now ’tis perfect trust. Once a half salvation, now the uttermost. Once ’twas ceaseless holding, now He holds me fast. Once ’twas constant drifting, now my anchor’s cast.
Once ’twas busy planning, now ’tis trustful prayer. Once ’twas anxious caring, now He has the care. Once ’twas what I wanted, now what Jesus says. Once ’twas constant asking, now ’tis ceaseless prayer.
Once it was my working, His it hence shall be. Once I tried to use Him, now He uses me. Once the power I wanted, now the Mighty One. Once for self I labored, now for Him alone.
Once I hoped in Jesus, now I know He’s mine. Once my lamps were dying, now they brightly shine. Once for death I waited, now His coming hail; And my hopes are anchored, safe within the vail.
I hope you took the time to read these lyrics because they are powerful. A relationship with Christ is what it is all about – not any thing else which includes the blessings, gifts, etc. Our first desire must be “Himself” – alone.
-Mark (thankful to know Him as Lord and Savior)