What happens when you reach the end of your rope? What’s after the end – another rope?
Today, I’m asking the Lord.
Actually, I just kind of sat for a few minutes and let space pass between me and the Lord. I let this song do all the asking, because it seems to write the kind of lyric my heart is singing. Hymns pack a pretty hearty punch when it comes to expressing what feels hidden too deep for language. John Newton first penned these words in 1879, so their strength does not surprise me. What does surprise me is how accurate his description is (after 133 years) of the woeful condition of my heart. Even as I seek the Lord in earnest prayer, I often ask for what most benefits me – what most quickly satisfies or appeases or quiets or calms. I am earnest, but I am disappointed when what He gives is abundant in every opposite way.
I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins and give me rest
Instead of this He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart
And let the angry powers of Hell
Assault my soul in every part
My conversation in quiet moments with the Lord that started with an honest desire to grow in grace and faith ends with frustrated confusion. God must not have understood – I wanted to grow in grace and faith.
And here I feel, again, the guilt and weight of my sin – the hidden evils of my heart that lead even my prayer life away from the Lord. O, how gracious to set me free from self and pride – again and again so that I might seek my all in Him.
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 mayest seek thy all in me,
That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”
4 thoughts on “I asked the Lord”
I had not ever heard this song before. I think it will become a new favorite.
I support it’s “new favorite status” – it’s a song that needs to be sung again and again!
Caroline dear – a hymn that did similar things for me is “I hunger and I thirst” by John Monsell. “I hunger and I thirst; Jesus my manna be;
Ye living waters, burst out the rock for me.
Thou bruised and broken Bread, my life-long wants supply;
As living souls are fed, o feed me, or I die.
Thou true life-giving Vine, let me Thy sweetness prove;
Renew my life with Thine, refresh my soul with love.
Rough paths my feet have trod, since first their course began;
Feed me, Thou Bread of God; help me, Thou Son of Man.
For still the desert lies My thirsting soul before;
O living waters rise within me ever more.
I was in my first year in Pk. I was below the bottom. This hymn rescued me! He is all we need! Mary
I will look up the hymn you mentioned, but I already know it’s good because you’re a kindred spirit! Keep on keeping on – the Lord will always satisfy!