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’Tis Not that I Did Choose Thee


You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

—John 15:16

We love, because He first loved us.

1 John 4:19

I recently came across this hymn, which I’ve never heard or seen in any hymnal. I thought it would make an appropriate closing to my series on the doctrines of grace.

’Tis Not that I Did Choose Thee

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’Tis not that I did choose Thee,
For, Lord, that could not be;
This heart would still refuse Thee,
But Thou hast chosen me;
Thou from the sin that stained me,
Hast cleansed and set me free,
Of old Thou hast ordained me,
That I should live to Thee.

’Twas sov’reign mercy called me,
And taught my op’ning mind;
The world had else enthralled me,
To heav’nly glories blind;
My heart owns none before Thee,
For Thy rich grace I thirst;
This knowing, if I love Thee,
Thou must have loved me first.

—Josiah Conder (1789–1855)



Posted 2018·01·23 by David Kjos
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