Christ My Song - 1473
Thy will I cheerfully obey - I am thine
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
I am thine.
1. Thy will I cheerfully obey,
both when thou giv'st and tak'st away;
I follow, wheresoe'er thou leadest,
I shun whatever thou forbiddest;
do as thou wilt, O Lord, provided
I never be from thee divided.
2. I am not bent on mine own will,
but rather wish, devout and still,
to make thy blessed will and pleasure
the rule by which mine own I measure;
to thee alone my ways commending
from the beginning to the ending.
3. I were indeed a very fool
to make mine own blind will my rule;
I have a thousand times outwitted,
deceived, betrayed myself, and cheated,
nor have I ever found a blessing
in ways self-chosen and self-pleasing.
4. Through all my life how graciously
hast thou, my Saviour, dealt with me!
How often kept my feet from falling,
and heard me e'en before my calling!
Nor should I e'er have chosen thee,
hadst thou not, Lord, first chosen me.