~* O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED *~
John E. Bode, 1836-1874

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end....
Hebrews 6:10 & 11

I asked the New Year for some motto sweet,
Some rule of life by which to guide my feet.
I asked and paused, it answered soft and low,
"God will know."
Author Unknown

The beginning of the new year is usually a time for reflecting on and evaluating the past as well as for setting serious goals for the future. Because it is so easy to get caught up in a blur of daily sameness, special days and events are important in life. We need these highlights for our growth and development.

"O Jesus, I Have Promised" was written by an English minister on such a special day. It was penned especially for a service in which John Bode's own daughter and two sons were publicly making their life's vows of commitment to God and His service. He told his three children: "I have written a hymn containing all the important truths I want you to remember."

Without a doubt, the three children of John Bode never forgot that service and their father's concern for them as they sang these words throughout their lives.


O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

O let me feel Thee near me! The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, around me and within;
But Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in Glory there shall Thy servant be.
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.

O let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heaven receive me, my Savior and my Friend.



*For Today*: Ecclesiastes 5:5, John 12:26; Romans 12:11, Colossians 3:24, Revelation 14:13

Think seriously about ways in which your spiritual life can be deepened and developed during this coming year. Why not begin even now?

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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