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"Thy Way Not Mine" Lyrics & Song

After church on Sunday a couple people asked me where to find the hymn lyrics I quoted in my sermon. They were originally written by Horatius Bonar, who was a Scottish pastor and hymn writer. At one point he lost 5 children in succession but he never lost his faith in the Lord. Read and let his words encourage you. You can also listen to a new version of the hymn arranged by Sovereign Grace Music

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Thy way, not mine, O Lord
However dark it be
Lead me by Thine own hand
Choose out the path for me, for me

Smooth let it be or rough
It will still be the best
Winding or straight, it leads
Right onward to Thy rest


I dare not choose my lot
I would not, if I might
Choose Thou for me, my God
So I can walk aright

Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill
As best to Thee may seem
Choose Thou my good and ill

Not mine, not mine the choice
In all things great or small
Be Thou my guide, my strength
My wisdom and my all, my wisdom and my all


A wonderful complement to this hymn is a prayer from John Wesley: 

“I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me full, let me be empty, let have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.”