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.
Sir Uche Nwosu

Port Harcourt Nigeria, Rivers State, Nigeria

Have known this hymn way back from my secondary school days.

It makes more meaning to me these days as I can now understand properly the depth and meanings of the words there in.


Nairobi, Kenya

My most favourite hymn a while in secondary school.

Amos Kimani

Nairobi, Nyandarua, Kenya

Praise Him, this is our local Church anthem, "Jesus we have promised to serve The end". Please be near me. Amen.

Johan Crouse

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Remembered the first 4 lines of this song for many years. Read or sang or heard it in 1972 in the Salvation Army Krugersdorp.

Now, during May 2017, the words came to mind and being back in the Salvation Army, I grabbed the Hymn Book and found the full song!! O how true the words are and became!! I broke my promises. Many times and in many ways. But Jesus never did.

As stated in the song and in any way and regard Jesus performed His promise.

Thank You Lord.

Nwakego Blessing Nwaneri

Livorno, Toscana Region, Italy

I learnt this hymn in school, many years ago. Now it's more meaningful to me, I love it more.

David Foakes

West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Prompted by the Holy Spirit to look up the words I used to sing as a chorister. They mean so much more to me now at 65. Thank You Lord for these inspired words. Amazing God is touching the hearts even us more senior people. Praise Him forever! Amen.

Julie Shaw Champagne


My song of songs. My heartfelt song as a child and still speaks volumes to me today.


Lusaka, Zambia

I absolutely love this hymn...learnt it some 30 years ago and it still resonates.

Nidge Tucker

Harleston, Suffolk, United Kingdom

This is my Favourite Hymn from my Childhood it always filled my heart with Joy, Would Love to know how easy it would be to transpose this to a Ukulele.

Thank you for posting. Bless you.


Raleigh, NC, United States

Powerful hymn. I learnt it when I was young. Now in 50's the Holy Spirit has just reminded of it.