Description #2: If you’ve ever committed your life to something or someone, you know the power of the oath. The vow, if you will. It’s costly. And it’s work. I always struggled to remember the words to this song when I performed it. I loved the song, and it spoke to me, but maybe subconsciously it was because of what was transpiring around us culturally. It just wasn’t something we talked about anymore…consecrating yourself to something—and that being to God. The terminology was basically going by the wayside and I would imagine completely foreign to new believers today. We live in an age where staying the course and going all-in is currently no longer in fashion. But that doesn’t mean it’s a trend that will stick. Nor one that works. There’s something to be said for dedication…and consecration.
When asked how Havergal came to write this hymn the story goes as follows:
“I went for a little visit of five days,” wrote Frances. “There were ten persons in the house; some were unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not rejoicing Christians. [God] gave me the prayer, ‘Lord, give me all in this house.’ And He just did. Before I left the house, everyone had got a blessing. The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep and passed most of the night in renewal of my consecration, and those little couplets formed themselves and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished with “ever only, ALL FOR THEE!”
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless 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.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r 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.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
*Some hymnals insert this couplet after the “silver and gold” couplet.