Stop and Think about a Hymn

hymnalLord, Speak to Me

Lord, speak to me that I may speak
In living echoes of Thy tone;
As Thou has sought, so let me seek
Thine erring children lost and lone.

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
The wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
The precious things Thou dost impart;
And wing my words, that they may reach
The hidden depths of many a heart.

O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart overflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.

By Frances R. Havergal
Hymn text in the public domain

  • The hymn writer wants to do many wonderful things. Where does she expect to obtain guidance, inspiration, and character to do these things?
  • Secular teachers tell people to dig deep within for ideas and strength. Where does the hymn writer get her ideas?
  • The hymn writer wants to help people who are wandering and making mistakes, the hungry and the hurting. Why?
  • Secular people conduct charitable projects to feed the hungry, heal the sick and educate the ignorant. Followers of Christ do those things as well. How would this hymn create a distinction in the character of the two approaches to charity?