The Dangers of Asking The Lord.

I’ve been really blessed the past few weeks by this hymn.

Written by John Newton, it speaks of the danger of asking for holiness, growing in the Lord. On the flipside, it proclaims the comfort and security in amidst the turmoil and despair. It’s quite lovely.

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.”

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6 Responses to The Dangers of Asking The Lord.

  1. I love this hymn. I’ve actually been considering posting it for some time now (though I’ve found a muscial arrangement I like better than this one)– great minds think alike, right? 😛 (BTW: The words by are by John Newton, not Cowper.)

    All that said, yeah, like Aslan, Jesus IS not safe, but HE IS GOOD! All His workings are ordained to get us to return to Him with all our heart ~ that’s the spiritual prosperity we read about Jeremiah 29:11ff.

    Jeremiah 32:40: I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

    • JN says:

      Derrrpppppp. Of course, John Newton. It’s what makes the song all the more important! I’m extremely tired obviously. I think the main explanation was that I tweeted something of a similar vein by William Cowper:

      “His purposes will ripen fast,
      Unfolding every hour;
      The bud may have a bitter taste,
      But sweet will be the flow’r.”

      ….and got entirely confused in my mind.

    • JN says:

      Oh, and what’s the other arrangement? Post it for me!

  2. naivesweater says:

    Reblogged this on Grace and Physics and commented:
    Yes. Just yes.

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