My goal is God Himself

My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;
’Tis His to lead me there—not mine, but His—
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.
No matter if the way be sometimes dark,
No matter though the cost be oft-times great,
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark,
The way that leads to Him must needs be strait.
One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day,
And in the glory there my great Reward.
Allen In Christ

San Marcos, Tx, United States

"During the initial stage of a believer's spiritual life, God allows him to enjoy His joy. However, God withdraws the sensation of joy as the believer advances in life because this is profitable to him. He knows that if the believer continues to seek and enjoy this kind of joy for a considerable length of time, he will not live by every word that proceeds out of God's mouth. Rather, he will live by the words which make him happy. He lives in the comfort of God and not in the God of comfort. Therefore, God must withdraw all the joyous sensations so that he will live wholly by Him." ~ Watchman Nee, The Spiritual Man.



So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,

And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;

Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard

Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.


Houston, TX, United States

O Lord

My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace

O Lord do this in me!

Nelson Liu

Boston, MA, United States

My goal is God Himself!


Salem, OR, United States

Peter, I haven't sung this song in quite awhile and since it was coming up in my being I thought I had better get the words. I think I came to not only to find the words but your post as well. You write the words that reflect so many of our experiences. Thank you for the ultimate encouragement found in Christ alone.


Texas, United States

The Lord Jesus is the reality of all the positive things, without the reality of these things they are just “good feelings” but they fall short of the person. Lord may we not miss Your person, You are the very God. Lord, You are the highest goal!


United States

As a young believer the song's sentiment encouraged me, much along the rash zeal of "Lord, I will lay down my life for You! Even if I must die with You, I will by no means deny You!"

Not too shortly the rooster crows and time and again, experience exposes that often i'd rather MUCH prefer something else.

"Will you lay down your life for Me?" No Lord, I do not want to stay here in traffic with You, I prefer peace! No, I do not like this valley Lord, I want joy! There was a point I thought I should stop singing this because of my shortcomings in even the slightest discomfort.

But this is definitely a song sung in faith, faith in His promise towards us, bound by His own word!

We may be faithless, but God remains faithful. Faithful is our God who calls and also will do it. We could never! At our best we'd boast as if we can do it, and at our worst, we'd shrink back and deny Him... three times. But God could never deny Himself!


Tbilisi, Georgia

It just reminds me of a brother's prayer: Lord we love not because of what You give or do, because You Are. Dearest Lord grant us to know You as the GREAT I AM, be everything to us, be subjective and real to us, give us deeper and inward knowledge of You, we love You because of what YOU ARE.

Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

And in the glory there my great reward.

Akinlolu Makinwa

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Thank God! Brethren, I am so glad to find this hymn here today after searching for the first line for over two months. Indeed my goal is God Himself. To God be the Glory! Thank you to operators of You have made my day. God bless you all.

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