A New (Old) Song
*Press play above to listen! Over the next several months, and possibly the next several years, the Chancel Choir will be recording and posting hymns that are unfamiliar to our congregation. The goal is to continue introducing hymns that will help expand our knowledge of hymnody and help us in our corporate and private worship.
When hymns are selected for worship, they are chosen primarily because the hymn texts are relevant to the Scripture text for that particular Sunday. While there are times when hymns are chosen to minister to particular needs and members of our congregation, our goal is to allow the Word of God to inform all that we do in worship, and to have faith that the Lord may use the hymns to point our hearts and minds to the Word as it is read and preached.
The following hymn, Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord, was written by Horatius Bonar, considered the “prince of Scottish hymn writing.” There are fourteen hymns penned by Bonar in the Trinity Hymnal, including O Love of God, How Strong and True; Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power; Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face, and perhaps best known and loved, I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say. The character of the hymn tune INVITATION, composed by Frederick C. Maker (1881), matches the sense of contented surrender to the Lord’s will that is evoked in Bonar’s text.
Thy way, not mine, O Lord, however dark it be!
Lead me by thine own hand, choose out the path for me;
Smooth let it be or rough, it will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it leads right onward to thy rest.
The kingdom that I seek is thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine, else I must surely stray.
I dare not choose my lot; I would not if I might:
Choose thou for me, my God, so shall I walk aright.
Take thou my cup, and it with joy or sorrow fill
As best to thee may seem; choose thou my good and ill.
Not mine, not mine the choice in things or great or small;
Be thou my guide, my strength, my wisdom, and my all.
We pray that this hymn, as well as our other hymns this Sunday will minister to your soul.
-Dr. Dan Cole