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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Thou Sweet Beloved Will of God

Thou Sweet Beloved Will of God


Thou sweet beloved will of God,
my anchor ground, my fortress hill,
my spirit’s silent fair abode,
in thee I hide me and am still.

O will, that willest good alone,
lead thou the way, thou guidest best;
a little child, I follow on,
and trusting, lean upon thy breast.

God’s will doth make the bitter sweet,
and all is well when it is done;
unless His will doth hallow it,
the glory of all joy is gone.

Self, sense, and reason, they may scorn
that hidden way that leads on high—
still be my deepest will uptorn,
and so the pow’r of nature die.

And if in gloom I see thee not,
I lean upon thy love unknown—
in me thy blessèd will is wrought,
if I will nothing of my own.

O spirit of a little child,
Of will bereft, untroubled, pure,
I seek thy glory undefiled;
Lord, take my will, Thy love is sure.

O will of God, my soul’s desire,
my bread of life in want and pain;
O will of God, my guiding fire,
unite my will to thine again.

O will, in me thy work be done,
for time, and for eternity—
give joy or sorrow, all are one
to that blest soul that loveth thee.

Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017).

Right tune, wrong hymn:

The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

Posted 2020·03·21 by David Kjos
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