Take My Life
“All of life is the outshining of what you truly value and cherish and treasure. Therefore all of life is worship. Either of God, or something else” – (John Piper)
I don’t know if you experience this, but it seems to me that despite my deepest desire for God to be the number one thing, other things can easily take that place in my heart. That’s why we need to be regularly transformed in the renewal of our minds (Rom 12:1). Thank God for gifted hymn writers like Francis Ridley Havergal (1836-1879).
Her hymn “Take My Life” is a “consecration hymn” helping to orient the heart to true north, expressing the hearts deepest desire for those who have understood the grace of God in Christ Jesus.
As author Tim Challies puts it, “the singer commits all of her possessions and being to the Lord for his purposes. It expresses what each of us ought to feel and long for, even if at times we see so much disparity between the words and our actual state that we have to sing most of it in hope and faith.” Her hymn, which flows like a prayer, reads:
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Pray this hymn as a prayer. Be transformed in the renewal of your mind. Let us determine today to cherish God in all his works and all his ways. Let us offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice.
Worship him with your life.