I Found My God in Early Years

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1. I found my God in early years,
He wept away my sins, my tears.
It was my best decision.
He filled my life with love and awe,
And I in light God’s Kingdom saw,
How wonderful a vision!

2. I found my God, and He found me.
Now all my life my Lord’s shall be,
In honor of His glory.
From day to day, my journey long,
I’ll sow my seed and sing my song,
In spite of woe and worry.

3. In early years my God I found,
Now for the land of Life I’m bound,
To Heaven I will hurry.
And shall I sow my seed with tears,
When ended are at last my years,
With joy my sheaves I’ll carry.

Author: Matias Orheim

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Translator (from Norwegian): Trygve A. Bjerkrheim

Trygve Alfgeir Bjerkrheim (born 26 August 1904 in Bjerkreimselva, died 27 February 2001 in Oslo) was a Norwegian editor, preacher, teacher and poet. He was born in Bjerkreimselva in Rogaland, but moved with his family to onion in Høland as small and grew up there. Bjerkrheim trained as a cand theol. at the School of Theology in Oslo in 1930 . He then worked as a teacher at Fjellhaug until 1936, but continued as a part-time teacher until 1970. From 1936 to 1970 he was editor of the magazine Perspective (called Chinaman when he was hired), which is the main body for the Norwegian Lutheran Mission. He was one of the founders and leaders of Norea Radio. As an author, he has written some 15 000 poems and songs that exist in almost all Christ… Go to person page >

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First Line: I found my God in early years
Title: I Found My God in Early Years
Norwegian Title: Eg fann min Gud i ungdoms år
Author: Matias Orheim (1900-08)
Translator (from Norwegian): Trygve A. Bjerkrheim (1959)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1959 Lunde Forlag, Oslo, Norway. Used by permission. These lyrics may be freely reproduced or published for Christian worship or devotions, provided they are not altered, and this notice is on each copy. All other rights reserved.


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