I saw the sun break through the night; my joy rose with the dawn.
But when the clouds obscured the light, my gladness, too, was gone.
Look not to fading earthly light to gladden and to cheer you--
I am the Dayspring from on High, and I am ever near you!
I sought fulfillment in a goal of which I long had dreamed,
But learned too late, to my dismay, 'twas not as it had seemed.
If in a dream you put your trust, its emptiness will grieve you--
I am the Life, the Truth, the Way, and I will not deceive you!
So pleased was I with good I'd done, until I looked within.
'Twas then I knew my purest breath was tainted through with sin.
There's naught but trusting in My blood can from sin's guilt relieve you--
I am the Lord your Righteousness, and I'll in grace receive you.
I found a friend so kind and true; my heart so strong had grown.
But flesh is frail, and death is cold, and now I walk alone.
If strength depends on earthly friends, defeat will soon o'ertake you--
I only am Eternal Love, and I will not forsake you!
I filled my life with treasures dear; my heart was so content.
But now the things that brought me joy are faded, soiled, and bent.
The things of earth will pass away and of their joys bereave you--
'Tis I who am your Great Reward, and I will never leave you!
May eternal values be your guide, and Christ Himself your goal.
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days. Deuteronomy 30:19-20
I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.