Your Will Be Done

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(This song was published in 1999 but for some reason didn't make it onto our new site last year)

The will of God is revealed in Scripture in two ways. First, God gives us various commands by which we know His will for our lives; this is called His prescriptive will or His will of precept. Second, God has a master plan behind all things that come to pass, and no one or nothing can thwart this "sovereign will." This is sometimes called God's will of decree. At the nature of all sin is an inclination to rebel against God's commands and to distrust His purposes in the circumstances of our lives. This song is a cry that God would grant us submissive hearts that are ready to give up our most cherished possessions if God were to ask for them. In verse four the hymn-writer asks God to blend our wills with His and remove what makes it hard to say "Thy will be done." The chorus turns our attention to the time when "Thy kingdom come" will be completely fulfilled and we will be fully yielded to God's authority and majesty as we praise His loving purposes for eternity. This is a prayer we need every day!


             (Show Original Wordings)
Verse 1:
My God and Father, while I stray
Far from my home in life's rough way,
O, teach me from my heart to say,
Your sovereign will be done.

Verse 2:
If You should call me to resign
What I most prize, it never was mine,
All I possess I have made Thine;
Your loving will be done.

Then, when on earth I breathe no more
The prayer I made with tears before,
I'll sing upon a happier shore,
Your glorious will be done!

Verse 3:
Now let my fainting heart be blest
With Your Spirit for its guest,
My God, to You I leave the rest:
Your gracious will be done.

Verse 4:
Renew my will from day to day;
Blend it with Yours, and take away
All that now makes it hard to say,
Your perfect will be done.

Words by Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871). Music by David L. Ward.
© 1999, admin by Thousand Tongues


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