One thing I of the Lord desire

One thing I of the Lord desire,
For all my path hath miry been:
Be it by water or by fire,
Oh, make me clean, oh, make me clean!
  So wash me, Thou, without, within,
Or purge with fire, if that must be;
No matter how, if only sin
  Die out in me, die out in me.
I watch to shun the miry way,
And staunch the springs of guilty thought;
But, watch and struggle as I may,
Pure I am not, pure I am not.
If clearer vision Thou impart,
Grateful and glad my soul shall be,
But yet to have a purer heart
Is more to me, is more to me.
Yea, only as this heart is clean
May larger vision yet be mine,
For mirrored in the depths are seen
The things divine, the things divine.
Cheryl Billingy

Far Rockaway, New York, United States

I love this song. It is one of my very favorites because it is my heart's desire that God would die out sin in my life so that I could live for Him and Jesus takes first place.

Sydney Hapenga

Lusaka, Zambia

This brings my soul closer to the heart of God as it tells me of how I need to be nearer to my saviour

Yvonneh Downer

Fort Lauderdale, United States

To my great delight this song was brought to my knowledge last night. I can't bely l am just getting to know it. Thanks be to my dearest sister in Christ Darnett who told me about it. The words speak volume to my weary heart.




Shepton Mallet, Somerset, United Kingdom

This song came to my mind this morning as I was praying and asking the Lord to cleanse my body from sin and diseases.

Lord wash me thou without within, O jet purge with fire if that must be, I don't care how, if only sin and sickness die out in me! Die out in me!

Then and only then, will I have a clearer vision for your service. Amen

L. Morgan

Lauderdale Lakes, FL, United States

Today I read Eph 1. 11 from the NLTRANSLATION and washed by the Spirit to read the entire chapter.

What a blessing that is to me, then I felt the need for cleansing, which only Christ can give and I tried to remember the the words of this song I sang in my teenage years. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the first two lines and I found it on the internet. What a blessing!!. My heart is so thankful right now for what God has done for me through Christ. Let's hold fast to that victory in Christ so that we can be with Him forever.


Brentwood, Berbice, Guyana

This hymn is the most beautiful ever and its lyrics, so meaningful, always make me cry. Just one thing: the verse you have as the second is really the last the way I learned it. So matter how hard I try, pure I am not.

Carol Anglin

Montego Bay, Mount Carey, Jamaica

This song came to me immediately after I was through praying this morning, I carefully went through the words and want this to be the true desire of my heart especially as I serve in God's cause.



After praying I started singing this song I did not know the words....but this is truly my heart's desire. This is a powerful prayer in song ...the Holy Ghost is right all the time!! Blessings to all.

Alicia Woolery

Montego Bay, Normandy District

Today I wake up with this song. I asked the Holy Spirit that all the words may come true in my life that I maybe cleanse from all my sins. Thank You Jesus for Your blood.

Novie Coleman

St Catherine, Jamaica, Jamaica

Thanks for sharing this with us — a wonderful prayer for God's cleansing.