Poem

The World Behind Me

Michael Beck Michael Beck

What did the world e’er give me, that I should debtor be?
For worthless, passing pleasures, should I return a fee?
Should I this day consider, a menu of deceit?
Remembering the gravel, again call bitter sweet?

Nay! Let the time of folly, when sin and world deceived
At last be fully over, because I have believed
My Savior died to free me, from freedom falsely called
That I might be His debtor, to Whom I owe my all.

O Lord become my Portion in ever greater way
So that the world around me has ever less a sway
How fleeting are its pleasures; with You they can’t compare
How empty did it leave me when I indulged its fare

The light of Day has broken, the Night is surely past
It’s time to turn the corner, be done with sin at last
No matter how alluring, may I forever spurn
The offer to forsake You, to vomit still return


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.