How vast, immense, and measureless

1
How vast, immense, and measureless
The love of Christ to me!
How else could such a wretch as I
Be blessed so graciously?
2
To bring me back unto Himself,
My Lord His all did spend;
So I would gladly bear the cross
And follow to the end.
3
My all I have forsaken now,
This blessed Christ to gain;
Now life or death is no concern—
What else can me restrain?
4
My dear ones, wealth ambition, fame—
What can they offer me?
My gracious Lord for me was poor;
For Him I poor would be.
5
My precious Savior now I love,
Him only would I please.
For Him all gain a loss becomes,
And comfort holds no ease.
6
Thou art my comfort, gracious Lord!
I’ve none in heav’n but Thee.
And who but Thee is there on earth
With whom I love to be?
7
Though loneliness and trials come,
My griefs I’d rise above.
This only would I ask Thee, Lord:
Surround me with Thy love!
8
O gracious Lord, I now beseech,
Guide me through every stage;
Stand by and strengthen me to go
Through this dark, evil age.
9
The world, the flesh, and Satan too,
Do tempt my soul apace;
Without Thy love and strength’ning power
I may Thy name disgrace.
10
The time, dear Lord, is running short;
From earth my soul set free.
When Thou dost come, I’ll sing with joy,
Hallelujah to Thee!
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Teresa

New Zealand

The Lord desires our absolute consecration to Him. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt of our brother's experience which led him to write this hymn (via hymns.net).

"As believers, we may seemingly commit much to the Lord, yet it is often the case that our deepest emotions, our tenderest, most cherished desires and feelings remain hidden from Him. We may pray to the Lord concerning many things, yet guard from Him the most secret chambers of our heart. Yet the Lord desires our full and complete consecration that He might make His home in each believer's heart (Eph. 3:17). He desires to fill and occupy our inward parts, that He might genuinely be our all in all (Col. 3:11). In this way, Christ gradually grows and increases within us until we are fully conformed to His glorious image (Rom. 8:29)."

This matter of consecration isn't one we commit to the Lord once in our lives; it is a yearly, monthly, daily, moment-by-moment matter. Things in our lives change and things that we once thought were not hindrances between us and the Lord can creep in at any moment. May we open up to the Lord concerning all aspects of our lives that He would be our single most desire!


Yohanes

Mankato, MN, United States

O gracious Lord, I now beseech,

Guide me through every stage;

Stand by and strengthen me to go

Through this dark, evil age.

Hallelujah we have such a marvalous Shepherd that guides us through every stage! Thank You Lord for Shepherding us out of so many things, and Lord continue to Shepherd us Until we could declare "Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee."


李 菲 麗

NC, United States

O Lord Jesus, I am utterly exposed and enlightened by singing and praying this hymn repeatedly. As I go stage after stage in my Christian life, I confess that my soul--my mind, emotion and my will are occupied by a lot other than Christ. I pray that He make His home in my heart, replace everything that is not Him so Christ is my all and in all.

I am also touched about our dear brother Watchman Nee's testimony regarding this hymn:

http://www.hymns.net/stories/nee.htm

Praise the Lord, what a pattern to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity [1 Timothy 4:12]