I Asked the Lord


I have been constantly reading this hymn the past two weeks.  I have printed it out and it sits on my desk screaming out at me in a wonderful way.

The lyrics are below.  Read each verse in succession.  This is one of those hymns that you have to read/sing all the verses in order and leave none out to get the full picture.  May this hymn encourage you today through whatever may come your way.

I Asked The Lord – John Newton (1779) (alternate/updated words by Laura Taylor)

V1:
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

V2:
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

V3:
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

V4:
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

V5:
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

V6:
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”

V7:
“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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