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When I Stand at the Judgment Seat

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When I stand at the judgment seat of ChristAnd He shows me His plan for me;The plan of my life as it might have beenHad He had His way, and I see How I blocked Him here and I checked Him thereAnd I would not yield my will,Shall I see grief in my Savior's eyes;Grief though He loves me still?

Oh, He'd have me rich, and I stand there poor,Stripped of all but His grace,While my memory runs like a hunted thingDown the paths I can't retrace.Then my desolate heart will well-nigh breakWith tears that I cannot shed. I'll cover my face with my empty hands And bow my uncrowned head.

No. Lord of the years that are left to meI yield them to Thy hand.Take me, make me, mold meTo the pattern Thou hast planned.

The Judgment seat "is meant for us professing Christians, real and imperfect Christians; and it tells us that there are degrees in that future blessedness proportioned to present faithfulness."

- Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910.