I Asked the Lord
The hymn addresses the topic of how God helps us to grow as believers. Often-times, it is a deeply painful process where God allows us to see our sin and help us to repent of it. Rather than a quick relief, it’s a long and difficult season. But the result is a life more closely molded after Jesus and centered on God. If you are a believer, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
These lyrics are rich and wonderful! Sadly, they are radically different from the soppy, me-centered, shallow lyrics that characterize much of contemporary Christian music today. Check out ‘Indelible Grace’s version and read the lyrics here:
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 pow’r,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
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.
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.
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 may’st find thy all in Me.”