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.
Adrian P.


I love this song!!!!!!!

Matthew and Jonathan

Irvine, CA, United States

Our goal is God Himself! Not joy nor peace!

William Jeng

Irvine, CA, United States

My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace. I really enjoyed that God can be joy and peace, God can be blessing, God can be all these things. BUT - without Christ as the center of all these items, they are just mere things. Praise the Lord that in the church life we are not following something or someone, we are simply following Christ!!!

So to see this vision is to see our Lord as the CENTER and REALITY of everything we enjoyed. We can see justification in Romans, by do we see that God IS justification? That God IS joy? We really need to see Christ as the reality of everything. The Bible is just Christ Himself! And as witnesses of this vision, we must speak forth what we have seen! The vision demands a response!

Peter Buckley

Liverpool, Merseyside, United States

The highest goal in the world God Himself. Are we content with God alone or our we as His people for ever seeing experances and the Feel good factor? In Him we have everything of any real value. There is a constant drawing to God Himself provided by The Holy Spirit. Martha. said Jesus Mary has chosen the better part, so may we. Glory!

LJ Ignacio

Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

My goal is not joy, nor peace, nor even blessing, but HIMSELF, MY GOD!!!

David Agbeyo

London, United Kingdom

This is not only a hymn but a message. My soul follows hard after God.

Maureen Power


Thank You dear Father, Son and Holy Spirit for Your faithfulness. You will lead us to Heaven. 'And love can trust her Lord to lead her there.'

Dorcas T.Adesanya

London, England, United Kingdom

Oh Lord help us not to miss heaven at last in Jesus Name. You are our goal and You will lead us home at the end in Jesus Name. Make holiness our watch word always. Thanks for uploading this song and God bless you all.. Shalom!!!

Salem Long

Austin, Texas, United States

I always thought that there was a typo in this song.

"The way that leads to Him must needs be strait."

But actually, the word strait here was used intentionally—it doesn't mean that our path to the Lord is "straight". In dear brother Frances Brook's time, "strait" had the meaning of the word narrow, in addition to being the name of a channel of water.

This reflects Matthew 7:14, which says

"Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it."


Santa Ana, California, United States

This hymn conveys the experience of someone who despite the pain and loss, consider his supreme reward to be God Himself…willing to take "any road" by "any cost." Yet realizing that he cannot get himself there, he iterates, "Tis His to lead me there--not mine."

Yet again, reiterates "But His" as if He is telling himself and us the readers "I cannot will myself to get to where I need to be because I have lost all my will power to do so, but it is 'His will' to get there." This is proven by the words in stanza 2 which state: "so faith bounds forward to its goal in God." Here the author is experiencing being "bound" by the faith which has been infused into the depths of his being.

Unable to retract or regress from the Christian journey he has begun, he has no choice but to remain bound. However, although bound and unbeknownst to him, he is making progress. In like manner, we at times we may give up and retract from the course as if all hope is gone and our faith disappeared. It is precisely at this juncture that we find ourselves "bound" by the faith we have received.

This precious faith, which is the very God Himself, cannot and will not let us go. Rather, this faith is personafied in such a way, that it is becomes a Person who upholds us and thus, our "soul follows hard." That is, hardships are hard, yet this Person in us follows harder. The pain is hard to bear, yet He is the inner strength that strives harder to carry us through. While there exists an inexplicable abyss that surrounds us outwardly coupled with perpetrating inner turmoil that besets us constantly; God still continues, unaffected, to carry out what He has willed to do by any means, at any cost, by any road "until [He] God hath full fulfilled [our] deepest prayer "to "reach the mark" where God is--in His glory. It is there where we truly find our "great Reward." That Reward my fellow sufferers in Christ is the very God who called us when we were once in darkness…Who is now leading us to "full" glory. It's all or nothing at all.

Instrumental (Guitar)