I Asked The Lord

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I Asked The Lord
Words: John Newton, 1779.

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

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

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

Yea more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Cast out my feelings, laid me low

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.”

2 thoughts on “I Asked The Lord

  1. Crystal says:

    Love these words…did you know the igrace people (RUF hymnbook) redid this song? It's a good listen…thanks for reminding us of these rich words…how much we have to learn from the old hymns/writers.
    hope you're well!
    love,
    crystal

  2. Beth says:

    Actually I've been listening non-stop to the two Indelible Grace Music albums I have. I'd have to say that for the majority of the hymns, it's the first time I've ever heard any version of them – so I have no idea what the original music sounds like!

    Miss you Crystal! Glad you got the pr. guides by the way! Will be in touch again shortly!

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