hymn: Take my Life

Take My Life Hymn of Consecration

Take My Life & Let it Be


Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own.
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/445

It’s Five Minute Friday Time! Every Friday, we receive a new prompt. Write for five minutes. I like to find an old hymn to write about just so we don’t forget these meaningful classic lyrics. Do you remember this one? What is one of your favorite hymns? READY, SET, GO!

PROMPT: “TAKE” My Life

I still love the old hymns and this one is a favorite; however, the further you sing, the more consecration you need. I wonder if this might be why people no longer want to sing the old hymns… TOO CONVICTING?

At the same time, I pray this is not true. In contrast, I hope it’s more of a matter of musical taste.

In contrast, This hymn could be my life song of commitment. Giving God everything I have… my hands, my head, my voice, my moments, my silver, my gold. I want to trust that He has the best in mind for me. I truly believe if I let it all go and place it in His hands that He has something even better to give me in return. {STOP}

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About the composer of Take My Life

This hymn was written by Frances Havergal (1836-1879) was an unusually gifted and passionate saint. The daughter of a church rector, she was raised in Worcester, England and attended schools in England and Germany. In her love of learning, she grew to become an able scholar (even becoming proficient in both Hebrew and Greek) and a talented singer and pianist.

Perhaps you will be interested to know the origin of the consecration hymn, “Take my life.”

I went for a little visit of five days. There were ten persons in the house, some unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, “Lord, give me all in this house!” And He just did! Before I left the house every one had got a blessing.

The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep and passed most of the night in praise and renewal of my own consecration and these little couplets formed themselves and chimed in my heart one after another, till they finished with, “Ever, ONLY, ALL for Thee!”

https://www.challies.com/articles/hymn-stories-take-my-life-and-let-it-be/

Old Hymns Becoming New

Consequently, I am thrilled that contemporary artists are now incorporating the old hymns into their own style of music. Here’s an interview with Chris Tomlin about his version of “Take My Life”

Did you grow up singing this song?

In Conclusion, do you remember singing this old hymn in church? Do you like Chris Tomlin’s updated version? Leave your comments below.

Mandy Farmer

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10 thoughts on “Take My Life Hymn of Consecration

  1. Bettie G says:

    I had never heard this hymn till I was a young adult. But I was shocked then, because I had written a poem with such similar words as a teenager, (although not at her level, by any means! 🙂 ) I think that speaks to the beauty of God’s Spirit moving in our hearts to convey HIS truth. What a comfort to be reminded of this today. Thank you, Mandy! It was just what I needed!

  2. Stephanie Thompson says:

    This song came to my mind too. It’s a prayer and a reminder of where to center when I’m in challenging situations. Thanks for the background on it too. I enjoy hearing those.

  3. ~ linda says:

    Oh, I love this hymn. And yes…it points me to the need for His mercy and consecration for I cannot possibly do these things alone. The song teaches me to lay all at the foot of the Cross and allow the Lord to use them and me in all ways. Although I cannot sing well out loud, I love to sing!! So the car and shower get to hear me more than people! I will be humming this one the rest of today! Thanks.

    • Mandy Farmer says:

      Yes! beautiful thoughts. I sing, but you reminded of back in my single days. I didn’t have a stereo so I would sit in my car to practice or practice while driving to work! Glad I gave you something inspiring for today! Come visit again sometime.

  4. Tara says:

    Love this! They sang this at my friend Bens funeral. Ben was killed in the Haiti earthquake 9 years ago.

    • Mandy Farmer says:

      Oh, wow! I remember that earthquake. So devastating. Sometimes a song can cause reverse effects when sung at the funeral of a loved one. Glad that this song is still a song you love. Thanks, for visiting.

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