Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hymn of the Week: Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

This hymn seems like an appropriate choice, given the imminent start of school (past, for some). Taken from Psalm 27:11 and 86:11, the title expresses well the attitude we must have toward the things of God: Teachableness.

It is a well-established fact of education that the student who has no desire to learn generally...doesn't. And nearly all of us know someone who, though lacking the "above-average" endowment of school-related ability, through hard work and desire, was successful in the end. I've seen both types of examples in bunches through my years of teaching.

Each of us must have the attitude toward God of "Teach Me." No matter our circumstances, our maturity in Christ, our position, or anything else—we can all be taught, and we all must learn!

Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord (words by Benjamin Ramsey)

Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!

When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
In failure or success, teach me Thy way!

When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!

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