In ancient times the law of God
In letter was engraved on stone;
But now it is a law of life,
Which in our heart is written down.
The law in letters good demands
And thus our utter weakness shows;
But now the law of life sustains,
And strength for God to please bestows.
The law in letters brings to us
God's knowledge only outwardly;
But now the law of life supplies
A deeper knowledge inwardly.
The law in letters can but rule
By dead commandments outwardly;
But now the law of life controls
By living knowledge inwardly.
This living law is moving now
In all of our experience,
To regulate us from within
And check us by our inner sense.
How deep its regulation is
Within the inmost part of us,
A living consciousness to give,
And God Himself impart to us.
'Tis by this living law of life
We need no teaching outwardly,
For all God's living knowledge now
This law will teach us inwardly.
Lord, teach us by this law to walk,
Its inner ruling to obey,
That we may of Thyself partake
And know Thee in a living way.