Behold, I stand at the door and knock. Revelation 3:20
Words & Music: C. Austin Miles, in Songs of Christian Service, edited by William J. Kirkpatrick & Henry L. Gilmour (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack, 1903), number 33 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Who is this that’s waiting, waiting,
Just outside the door?
Who is He that’s knocking, knocking?
Has He knocked before?
Rise and bide Him enter in!
Peace and hope He’ll bring;
’Tis thy Savior knocking, knocking,
’Tis thy Lord and King.
Let Him in! Let Him in!
He waits outside the door;
Let Him in ere He departs
To return no more!
Don’t you hear Him saying, saying,
Come, O come to Me;
’Twas for you that dying, dying,
Hung I on the tree.
Come and see My hands, My side,
Look on Me and live;
Tho’ your sins be many, many,
Pardon I can give.
Still His voice is calling, calling,
Sweet the tones and low;
Bid Him enter quickly, quickly,
Ere He turns to go!
Must His pleading be in vain?
Must He, then, depart?
All because His pleading, pleading,
Reaches not your heart?
Sometime you’ll be waiting, waiting,
Just outside the gate;
Sometime you’ll be pleading, pleading,
Then ’twill be too late!
Now accept your heav’nly guest!
He’ll forgive your sin!
While He still is waiting, waiting,
Rise and let Him in.