My Lord, I Did Not Choose You

Tonight, as I was “goofing off on the piano”, I came across another hymn that I had never heard before: My Lord, I Did Not Choose You.  The words are beautiful and true, so I wanted to share them here:

My Lord, I did not choose You,

For that could never be;

My heart would still refuse You,

Had you not chosen me.

You took the sin that stained me,

You cleansed me, made me new;

Of old You have ordained me,

That I should live in You.

Unless Your grace had called me

And taught my op’ning mind,

The world would have enthralled me,

To heav’nly glories blind.

My heart knows none above you;

For Your rich grace I thirst.

I know that if I love You,

You must have loved me first.

– Josiah Conder, 1789-1855

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