April 2, 2020

Song for Ordinary Time (14): Order My Life

This is a simple worship chorus I wrote years and years ago, linked with two verses from a favorite hymn. Together, they form a prayer that God will bring order to our inner worlds and cause us to cling to him. The recording is by no means professional, but I hope it will not detract from the message of the song.

ORDER MY LIFE/DEAR LORD AND FATHER OF US ALL

 

'autumn dawn' photo (c) 2006, Kito von Visceral - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Order my life, make it new
Grant me a quiet spirit in You
Take away my restless fears
Establish me in your truth

Order my life, give me rest
Grant me a spirit that clings to the best
Show me Jesus in all that I do
Lord, order my life in you

Dear Lord and Father of us all
Forgive our foolish ways
Reclothe us in our rightful mind
In purer lives Thy service find
In deeper rev’rence, praise
In deeper rev’rence, praise

Drop Thy still dews of quietness
‘Til all our strivings cease
Take from our souls the strain and stress
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace
The beauty of Thy peace

Order my life, give me rest
Grant me a spirit that clings to the best
Show me Jesus in all that I do
Lord, order my life in you

Lord, order my life in you

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“Order My Life,” Words and music by Michael Mercer
“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” (alt), Words by John G. Whit­ti­er, in the At­lan­tic Month­ly, Ap­ril 1872

Comments

  1. Not bad. Do you mind if we use it? I’m always looking for a creative hymn re-working, and this pairs it with a heart felt prayer.

  2. Love the words….and, of course, I’m partial to the singer, bro! Thanks for sharing the song!