O Jesus, I have promised

O Jesus, I have promised
  To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
  My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
  If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
  If Thou wilt be my Guide.
Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
  The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
  The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
  Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
  And shield my soul from sin.
Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
  In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
  The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
  To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
  Thou Guardian of my soul.
O Jesus, Thou hast promised
  To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
  There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
  To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
  My Master and my Friend.
Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
  And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
  Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
  Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
  My Savior and my Friend.
Allwell Orji

Egbeda, Lagos, Nigeria

This hymn has always ministered to me for over three decades.


Just this evening The Holy Spirit brought it back to my memory, so I decided to Google it to go through the lyrics once again.

Check out the last stanza,

Until we see the footmarks of the Saviour Jesus Christ, we may not be able to plant our feet on them.

May The Saviour uphold us to the end.


Chicago, Illinois, United States

This hymn keeps my inner spirit high always in worshipping God.

Sariel A

Kano, Nigeria

Am encouraged to hold to Jesus the more each time I sing the song.

Ikemba Agwu

Lagos, Nigeria

It is like a spiritual anthem to me that always reminds me of my first resolve and promise to serve my Creator to the end despite the obstacles mostly in the form of sweet and alluring temptations. Whenever, I am weak, the wordings of the song reminds me of the purpose of my faith and the need to stay focused till the end.

Emlyn Buchler

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

This soul stirring hymn made a very impression on me as a young lad. Our church would sing a stanza after each soul had gone through the waters of baptism. In those sacred and tender moments I was acutely aware of the Holy Spirit wooing me closer to the heart of the Father. Oh how I love and adore Him!

Ifeanyi Uhuegbu

London, United Kingdom

This hymn reminds me always of my commitments to serve God.

Christian Arthur-Sarfo.

Cape Coast, Central Region, Ghana

A very soul inspiring and soul uplifting sing. We sang this for the first time when were inaugurated into the Methodist Youth Fellowship at Ajumako Ochiso in the central Region of Ghana in July 1997.

We made a firm promise to serve Jesus to the end. Thank God we are still serving Him and He's still our guide. He's ever near us despite the murmurs of our self will. He keeps on speaking to us in ascent clear and still. We see Him planting our feet into His footprints. Thanks to Jesus for being my Saviour and Friend.

Bethel Bobmanuel Elele

Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Stanza 1 and 2 is soul lifting, it breaks my heart into tears, cos if God leaves any of us one second we will wander from the pathway. He should always be near us.

Nnedinma Christiana Njoku

Ehime Mbano, Imo, Nigeria

And I feel so fulfilled to sing this song as I concluded my prayers. Stanza 4 and 5 ministered to my spirit. all the stanzas are captivating.

Thank You Jesus because where Thou be, there Your servants will be. Amen.


Ushafa, FCT Abuja, Nigeria

This song ministers to me anytime I sing it. Each stanza has its meaning on my life. It makes me rededicate my life to Him, I am always encouraged and reassured in Christ. I thank God I am a believer.