He held me from the brink of sin
And pulled me from temptation’s jaws,
He kept me back and drew me in
To keep me from its angry claws.
How strong was that restraining hold!
So mighty His secure embrace!
That kept me from the fool’s fake gold,
An empty, painful, endless chase.
How kind yet firm He was to me!
Myself and all to Him I owe.
Lord, keep me ever near to Thee,
Lord, hold me fast and don’t let go.
Christina Joy Hommes