Give Me Thy Heart ~ hymn

Give Me Thy Heart

Yesterday evening, we went to a hymn singing. A local congregation invited anyone who wanted to come to do so and we just sat and sang praises to God for well over an hour. It was hot (their air conditioner just wasn’t keeping up for some reason) but it was so joyful. It was thrilling to sit and sing praises with brothers and sisters and just enjoy singing. No time frame, no concerns about what was next on the worship list, nothing but joy. It was such a pleasure and I can’t wait to do it again.

While At Home Dad was looking through the songbook to choose the songs he was going to lead when it was his turn, he came across this one. It is not one he knows and I don’t know it either. But look at the words

“Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love.
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

Isn’t that just like our God? Inviting us gently, reminding us often – He doesn’t want grand sacrifices (though some sacrifice may have to made). He doesn’t want offerings. He doesn’t want a list of good works we have done.

He wants our hearts.

That’s it.

“Give Me thy heart, ” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again.
“Turn now from sin and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.”

My savior wants me. He wants me to know him and to accept him and to give him my heart. But in order to truly give him my heart, not just to say I have done it but to really DO it, I have to turn from sin and evil. Sometimes, that is harder than I care to recognize. It is so easy to think things I shouldn’t about someone or to assume the worst motives instead of the best. But if I am giving my savior my heart, I have to assume the worst and keep a tight reign on my tongue.

“Give me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign.
Grace more abouding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.”

And that is our final call, isn’t it? To “make FULL surrender.” Not a piece of it, not half. Full. That means I don’t get to hold anything back. I like being “in control” even though I know that really I’m not. But if I give full surrender, I am committing everything to God and letting Him take care of it all.

I have not been doing that lately. I have been holding close to my heart some things that I need to let God take care of. I have been praying a lot lately that God will take them and not let me have them back. I don’t want them. I want to trust Him with them. And that is where the full surrender comes in.

So, full surrender it is. God, please take my heart. It is yours. Guide me and direct my paths.

Blessings,
At Home.

 

Give Me Thy Heart

lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt (1898)
music: William J. Kirkpatrick (1898)

1 “Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love.
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

Refrain:
“Give Me thy heart, 
Give Me thy heart,”
Hear the soft whisper, wherever thou art;
From this dark world
He would draw thee apart,
Speaking so tenderly, “Give Me thy heart.”

 

2.”Give Me thy heart, ” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again.
“Turn now from sin and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.” Refrain:

3.”Give me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign.
Grace more abouding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.” Refrain:

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2 thoughts on “Give Me Thy Heart ~ hymn

  1. Annette V May 21, 2018 at 11:40 pm Reply

    I appreciate how you worked through the lyrics of this song. Very good. What I needed this night.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 22, 2018 at 8:39 am Reply

      God speaks to us in lots of ways. Glad he spoke to you last night through this hymn.

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