Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. Jeremiah 33:18
Words: Gerhard Tersteegen, Geistliches Blumengärtlein 2, number 86 (Des Herren priesterlich Geschlecht soll ewig nicht vergehen). Translated from German to English by Emma F. Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso and Others (London: James Nisbet, 1858), page 1.
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The race of God’s anointed priests
Shall never pass away;
Before His glorious face they stand,
And serve Him night and day.
Though reason raves, and unbelief
Flows on, a mighty flood,
They are, and shall be, till the end
The hidden priests of God.
His chosen souls, their earthly dross
Consumed in sacred fire,
To God’s own heart their hearts ascend
In flame of deep desire;
The incense of their worship fills
His temple’s holiest place;
Their song with wonder fills the heavens,
The glad new song of grace.