When you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, Friend, move up to a better place. Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.@Luke 14:10-11
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Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922)

Johnson Oatman, Jr., in The Young People’s Hymnal (Nashville, Tennessee: Publishing House, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1890).

Jacksonville William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

I ask not for the highest place,
But find a spot more sweet,
Where God bestows on me His grace,
At my Redeemer’s feet.

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Come joy or pain, come weal or woe,
In Christ I am complete;
My highest place is lying low,
At my Redeemer’s feet.

Tho’ waves of darkness round me roll,
I have a safe retreat;
No storm can ever harm a soul,
At my Redeemer’s feet.

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He gives me from His loving hand,
The finest of the wheat;
I live in Heaven’s border land,
At my Redeemer’s feet.

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And when I reach the mystic sea,
Where earth and Heaven meet,
I’ll spend a blest eternity,
At my Redeemer’s feet.

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