1. Once in the world we wandered all,
Enslaved by sin, under usurpation;
But He chose, redeemed us
From bondage, fall,
Revealed to us His divine intention.
Now that we see His heart’s desire,
We willingly give our life entire.
O Lord, we now lay all aside:
Self-choice, own cares, and all self-love;
O Christ, the meaning of our life,
Our goal and aim, there’s none beside;
Toward the good land, we now are poised
To take, possess, Your perfect choice.
2. As priestly army we are formed;
To fight for Him, journey with Him, able;
Whether trouble rise up or raging storm,
He’ll care for us; we’re His numbered people.
Waters of death we fain would pass;
Defeat the foes: they are food for us!
3. Unlike the two and one-half tribes
Which settled on the land “good for cattle”;
Our own ease and comfort can never bribe;
God’s choice in sight, we will enter in full!
For east of Jordan’s not our rest,
We’ll cross, not settling for second-best.
4. Stretch forward! Christ we now lay hold.
Called upward to pursue goal eternal;
When we take His cross and be in His mold,
His Body’s built; Christ is all and in all.
We press on to prepare His Bride;
He chose us to be His heart’s delight.