430. O watch and pray

1 O watch and pray,
My soul, the way
Of safety lies before thee;
Lest thou shouldst be led astray,
And the foe come o'er thee.

2 Use thou the word
Of God, thy Lord;
All else is unavailing;
Every thought and passion guard
With this shield unfailing.

3 O make thy choice
The Spirit's voice
When He comes to remind thee;
Then shall peace thine heart rejoice,
Satan get behind thee.

4 One secret thought
With evil fraught,
Which in the heart was cherished,
Havoc of God's grace hath wrought,
And the soul hath perished.

5 Our evil mind,
To sin inclined,
Is drawn by sin around us;
If a wicked thought we mind,
Satan soon hath bound us.

6 One word from hell
Cast its foul spell
On Adam with temptation;
So by one man all men fell
Under condemnation.

7 Each soul astray
From Christ, the way,
Should keep God's people humble;
Jesus warns, "O watch and pray,
Lest ye fall and stumble."

8 Be on your guard,
Keep watch and ward
Beware of Satan's cunning!
Watch and pray and trust your Lord
Till ye see Him coming!

Text Information
First Line: O watch and pray
Author: H. A. Brorson (1735)
Refrain First Line: Fast fades the day
Meter: 4, 4, 7, 7, 6.
Publication Date: 1913
Topic: The Church Year: Ninth Sunday after Trinity; Temptation; Watchfulness
Tune Information
Name: [O watch and pray]
Meter: 4, 4, 7, 7, 6.
Key: f minor
Source: German, 1628

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