Several weeks ago, I sat in Church and was introduced to a hymn I had never heard before. When you grow up on hymns, it’s not often that you hear new ones on any given Sunday, so when it does happen it’s rather wonderful.
It’s called “I asked the Lord” and my friend, Emily, beautifully lead us through the words that I very much needed to hear that day.
It’s been a song stuck in my head ever since. And wouldn’t you know, it just so happened that it was a song I needed to hear again today.
But mainly, take a quiet moment and dwell on these lyrics…
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.
’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.
I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
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.
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.
These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st seek thy all in Me.”
Oh how I long for that answer of subdued sin and blessed rest.
But oh, how I long even more to learn that lesson of deepest faith and grace,
To learn to seek my all in Thee.