Timeless Hymns: "I Asked the Lord"

24 Nov

One doesn’t have to me know too well to know that in the past few months, I have discovered a new-found love for hymns.  It is definitely not an overstatement when I say that I have yet to find a song written these days that even comes close to having the same depth that hymns do.  And so as such, I wanted to highlight several of the hymns that have had a profound impact on me in stirring up my affections for Christ.

Allow me to start with my most recent fascination with Emily DeLoach‘s rendition of John Newton‘s hymn “I Asked the Lord” that was originally written in 1879.  What’s unique about this hymn is that it’s not a collection of independent verses, but rather, is a progression from beginning to end, chronicling, what I presume to be, Newton’s journey of faith with regards to suffering.  Below are the lyrics to the song.  You can download the song on iTunes or Amazon for $0.99.  The best 99 cents you’ll spend.

I Asked the Lord

1. I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace
Might more of His salvation know
And seek more earnestly His face

2. Twas He who taught me thus to pray
And He I trust has answered prayer
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair

3. I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins and give me rest

4. Instead of this He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart
And let the angry powers of Hell
Assault my soul in every part

5. Yea more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Cast out my feelings, laid me low

6. Lord why is this, I trembling cried
Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death?
“Tis in this way” The Lord replied
“I answer prayer for grace and faith”

7. “These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earthly joy
That thou mayest seek thy all in me,
That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”

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