Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nothing Like a Hymn With Depth and Substance!

I was flipping through the Mission Praise this afternoon and came across a pretty little hymn. Although the poem has seven verses it's only two lines of music. The verses are in a different order from Mission Praise and I haven't changed them because I like them better this way.

Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be;
Lead me by Thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me.

Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;
Choose Thou for me, my God,
So I shall walk aright.

Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill,
As best to Thee may seem;
Choose Thou my good and ill.

Choose Thou for me my friends,
My sickness or my health;
Choose Thou my cares for me
My poverty or wealth.

The kingdom that I seek
Is Thine: so let the way
That leads to it be Thine,
Else I must surely stray.

Not mine, not mine the choice
In things or great or small;
Be Thou my Guide, my Strength
My Wisdom, and my All.

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

So I didn't have to type it all out I googled it. I came across NetHymnal

It's useful for looking up hymns and those who penned them.


  1. We sure are! I am so glad of that. I don't know what I'd do if I had to go through life thinking I was a mere coincidence, an accident and a product of Darwinian Evolution. Psalm 139 comes to mind. The Lord is sovereign and holds everything in His great, eternal hands.