Thursday, July 16, 2015

Do Not I Love Thee, Oh My Lord

Do not I love Thee, O my Lord? Behold my heart and see; And turn each cursèd idol out, That dares to rival Thee. 

Do not I love Thee from my soul? Then let me nothing love; Dead be my heart to every joy, When Jesus cannot move.

Is not Thy name melodious still To mine attentive ear?

Doth not each pulse with pleasure bound My Savior’s voice to hear?  Hast Thou a lamb in all Thy flock I would disdain to feed? 
Hast Thou a foe, before whose face I fear Thy cause to plead? 
Would not mine ardent spirit vie. With angels round the throne, To execute Thy sacred will, And make Thy glory known? 
Would not my heart pour forth its blood In honor of Thy name? And challenge the cold hand of death  To damp the immortal flame?
Thou know’st I love Thee, dearest Lord, But O! I long to soar Far from the sphere of mortal joys, And learn to love Thee more!

[written by: Philip Doddridge]

Matthew 22:37 ... Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.