2728. I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow

1. I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.

2. ’Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.

3. I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

4. Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry pow’rs of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

5. Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

6. "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.

7. "These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st find thy all in Me."

Text Information
First Line: I asked the Lord that I might grow
Title: I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow
Author: John Newton (1779)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 36.
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: ABSCHEID, Wendel Müller; UXBRIDGE, Lowell Mason
Tune Information
Name: ABENDS
Composer: Herbert Stanley Oakeley (1874)
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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