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Hymns of My Youth II: Have Thine Own Way

Leafing through the designated hymnal for this series, I was appalled at the section headed Challenge. Not that I was expecting much; the “hymns of my youth” include such drivel as Dare to Be a Daniel and Count Your Blessings. But really, now: “Walk the straight and narrow way, Live for Jesus every day—He will keep the joy-bells ringing in your heart”? Pee-yew, as we say in our teenage son’s bedroom. Following Challenge comes Commitment, which is not much better, but at least contained one good song among the mess of “I will do this for Jesus” songs, and since I recognized it, it fits in this series. This is a song that David (no, that other David) might have written if had he been an uninspired 19th or 20th century gospel song writer.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

—Psalm 139:23–24


Have Thine Own Way, Lord!

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

Great Hymns of the Faith (Zondervan, 1968).

Posted 2012·12·22 by David Kjos
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