Tonight we had a time of singing and testimony for our evening service and one of the songs which was sung is below. I had never known this hymn before but after hearing it and reading the words, it is now one of the my favorites. The words are such a challenge to give my all to Lord and take up that cross daily!!!
Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave and follow Thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shalt be:
Perish every fond ambition,
All I’ve sought, and hoped and known;
Yet how rich is my condition,
God and heav’n are till my own!
Let the world despise and leave me,
They have left my Savior too;
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
Thou art not, like man, untrue;
And, while Thou shalt smile upon me,
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes my hate and friends my shun me;
Show Thy face, and all is bright.
Man may trouble and distress me,
‘Twill but drive me to Thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me,
Heav’n will bring me sweeter rest.
O ’tis not in grief to harm me,
While Thy love is left to me;
O ’twere not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmixed with Thee.
Go, then, earthly fame and treasure,
come disaster, scorn and pain.
In Thy service, pain is pleasure
With Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, Abba Father,
I have stayed my heart on Thee,
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.
Soul, then know thy full salvation
Rise o’er sin and fear and care,
Joy to find in every station,
Something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within me,
Thnks what Father’s smiles are mine,
Think that Jesus died to win me,
Child of heaven, canst I repine.
Hasten on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith and winged by prayer;
Heav’n’s eternal days before me,
God’s own hand shall guide me there.
Soon shall close my earthly mission,
Swift shall pass my pilgrim days,
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight and prayer to praise.
(Henry F. Lyte)