[Continuing the hymn-for-Sundays series]
When we’ve opportunity
for kind acts of charity,
(not to feed our vanity,
or for popularity):
if some note, approve our ways,
may they bring our Master praise.
Do we, in a private place,
seek God’s glory, seek his face?
and when publicly we pray,
still sincere, no proud display
that is trying to impress,
– just transparent godliness.
Fasting, prayer in self-abasement,
not to gain respect, amazement,
but with time for concentration,
focussing our full attention
on our God, and supplication
in repentance, and devotion.
Live in private as outside,
always seeking to abide
by His Word, as in His view:
then what others see is true,
and they know who works in us,
forming humble righteousness.
“Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. … So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do … to be honoured by men. … and when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen …” (Matthew 6:1–18)
Tune: 77 77 77 eg Toplady (Rock of Ages)