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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Give Me Your Heart

GIVE ME THY HEART

Words: Eliza E. Hewitt, 1898.

Music: William J. Kirkpatrick

“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.”

“Give Me thy heart,” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again;
“Trust in Me only, I’ll never depart—
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.”

Refrain

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

Refrain

Information from the Cyber Hymnal.

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P. S. posted July 24th, afternoon.

"Don't you mind him," said Puddleglum. "There are no accidents." C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, New York: Macmillan, 1953, p. 131.

Our pastor's sermon this morning, a few hours after I posted the hymn above, was based on Matthew 6:20 "for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also." (ASV) He spoke of Livingstone, whose physical heart remains buried in Africa, because that is where his heart, in the other sense, was. "'He who is over all' decreed that while his heart should lie in a leafy forest, in such a spot as he loved, his bones should repose in a great Christian temple . . ." (The Project Gutenberg eBook of the Personal Life of David Livingstone, by W. Garden Blaikie, 1880.)

I have notes of a previous sermon on this passage, in 1996, by our pastor, in which he said that your heart has to do with:
1) what you value the most
2) what you would hate to lose most
3) what your thoughts turn to most
4) what affords you the greatest pleasure

I hope my answer is "pleasing Christ."

Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

Thanks for posting on my site!
I enjoyed the song you posted.

“Give Me thy heart,” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again;
“Trust in Me only, I’ll never depart—
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.”

Knowing this, I still find myself living differently than I ought...
A great challenge and reminder, thanks for that...