Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fill Thou My Life

I have the most wonderful little hymnal that Brian and I bought at an antique store. It is about 4 by 6! So dreamy and comfortable to hold. I am a 'newbie' when it comes to hymns. I did not grow up on the good, old hymns, I am sad to say. The past several years I have done my best to learn them and teach them to my children. Lord willing, they will have a different testimony! Did you know there is a website called that has tons of hymns and the music playing so you can hear the tune? This is great for a Mama who is clueless about music!

I love, love, love this hymn! I have been praying it for weeks now. It's my new favorite! (this changes when I discover a different one ;-) I recently pulled my laptop out during morning devotions and the children and I sang it over and over trying to learn it. Read through the words, they are so much what my heart desires! My whole life, every part filled with praise!

(below is the link if you want to sing along)

Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God,
In every part with praise,
That my whole being may proclaim
Thy being and Thy ways.
Not for the lip of praise alone,
Nor e’en the praising heart
I ask, but for a life made up
Of praise in every part!

Praise in the common words I speak,
Life’s common looks and tones,
In fellowship in hearth and board
With my belov├Ęd ones;
Not in the temple crowd alone
Where holy voices chime,
But in the silent paths of earth,
The quiet rooms of time.

Fill every part of me with praise;
Let all my being speak
Of Thee and of Thy love, O Lord,
Poor though I be, and weak.
So shalt Thou, Lord, from me, e’en me,
Receive the glory due;
And so shall I begin on earth
The song forever new.

So shall each fear, each fret, each care
Be turned into a song,
And every winding of the way
The echo shall prolong;
So shall no part of day or night
From sacredness be free;
But all my life, in every step
Be fellowship with Thee.


Jenn @ A Country Girl's Ramblings said...

What beautiful words and so soothing to my soul. I'm off to go look them up in my hymnal.

Praying for You!

Anonymous said...

I love the old hymns, too. I was introduced to them about 10 years ago, through my husband. They're much richer and deeper than just choruses, I think. I read them like poetry, even if I don't know the tune (smile). This hymn you posted is inspiring, and very practical. Are we reflecting a life of praise in our homes? I would like to be more consistent in that area. Thanks, I was blessed by this post!

Fine Linen said...

We love singing the old hymns as well. My favorite is Come Thou Fount. Thank you for sharing this one, I truly enjoyed it.
Blessings, Fine Linen