O Why Not Tonight


For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

This hymn, normally sang during alter call, has resided in my heart for many years. It is a simple song but of great importance. O Why Not Tonight beckons sinners to trust in Jesus now. As the theme verse reads, now is the day of salvation.

You could die or Christ might return in glory before tomorrow. Why wait! Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping (Mark 13:33-36).

And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not (Luke 12:39-40). He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).

Please, if you have not asked Christ to save you, do not wait. Call on Christ now. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Rom 10:9). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom 10:13). If you would like someone to pray with you or for you leave a comment here, or see a local pastor.

The lyrics to O Why Not Tonight we’re written by Eliz­a­beth H. Reed and first publisher in 1842. The music was written by J. Cal­vin Bush­ey.

O do not let the Word depart,
And close thine eyes against the light;
Poor sinner, harden not your heart,
Be saved, O tonight
.

Chorus: O why not tonight?
O why not tonight?
Wilt thou be saved?
Then why not tonight?

Tomorrow’s sun may never rise
To bless thy long deluded sight;
This is the time, O then be wise,
Be saved, O tonight.

Our Lord in pity lingers still,
And wilt thou thus His love requite?
Renounce at once thy stubborn will,
Be saved, O tonight.

Our blessèd Lord refuses none
Who would to Him their souls unite;
Believe on Him, the work is done,
Be saved, O tonight.

Source: Cyberhymnal, Bible, King James Version

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