Scripture Verse

I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27


Words: Al­bert B. Simp­son, Hymns of the Chris­tian Life No. 2 (South Ny­ack, New York: Chris­tian Al­li­ance Pub­lish­ing, 1897), num­ber 107.

Music: Bhā­rat Al­bert B. Simp­son, 1897 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Albert B. Simpson (1843–1919)


God has His best things for the few
That dare to stand the test;
God has His second choice for those
Who will not have His best.


Give me, O Lord, Thy best things,
Let others take the rest;
I do not want their good things,
For I have got the best.

It is not always open ill
That risks the promised rest;
The better often is the foe
That keeps us from the best.


There’s scarcely one but vaguely wants
In some way to be blest;
’Tis not Thy blessing, Lord, I seek,
I want Thy very best.


And others make the highest choice,
But when by trials pressed,
They shrink, they yield, they shun the Cross,
And so they lose the best.


I want, in this short life of mine,
As much as can be pressed,
Of service true for God and man;
Help me to be my best.


I want, among the victor throng,
To have my name confessed;
And hear my Mas­ter say at last,
Well done, you did your best.