Is it not written, Mark 11:17
My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves.
Words: John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1, number 96.
The house of prayer.
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Thy mansion is the Christian’s heart,
O Lord, Thy dwelling place secure!
Bid the unruly throng depart,
And leave the consecrated door.
Devoted as it is to Thee,
A thievish swarm frequents the place;
They steal away my joys from me,
And rob my Savior of His praise.
There too a sharp designing trade
Sin, Satan, and the world, maintain;
Nor cease to press me, and persuade,
To part with ease and purchase pain.
I know them, and I hate their din,
Am weary of the bustling crowd;
But while their voice is heard within,
I cannot serve Thee as I would.
Oh! for the joy Thy presence gives,
What peace shall reign when Thou art here!
Thy presence makes this den of thieves,
A calm delightful house of prayer.
And if Thou make Thy temple shine,
Yet, self-abased, will I adore;
The gold and silver are not mine,
I give Thee what was Thine before.