Saturday, 9 July 2011

A Song of Surrender: Teach Me Thy Way


'Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord' is a song that I love. I memorised it a long time ago, and sang it as I was cycling to work, to school and to university. It brought me through many troubled times, as it reminded me to surrender my life to God, and comforted me and strengthened me along the way. It is also a prayer, so you can sing and pray at the same time!

My amazingly gifted friend Brooke happens to be here this week to help us with outreach, and she has a voice and sensitivity that brings tears to my eyes. So I had the crazy idea of videoing her singing it, and she graciously agreed! Here is the video, and the beautiful words following.


Teach me Thy way, O Lord,
Teach me Thy way;
Thy gracious aid afford,
Teach me Thy way.
Help me to walk aright;
More by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav'nly light,
Teach me Thy way.

When doubts and fears arise,
Teach me Thy way;
When storms o'erspread the skies,
Teach me Thy way.
Shine through the cloud and rain,
Through sorrow, toil, and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain,
Teach me Thy way.

Long as my life shall last,
Teach me Thy way;
Where'er my lot be cast,
Teach me Thy way.
Until the race is run,
Until the journey's done,
Until the crown is won,
Teach me Thy way.

This is a wonderful song to memorise (songs are pretty easy to remember!) and sing through the house, or wherever you are. It sets our focus on heaven, and reminds us of how God is with us and helps us through doubts, fears, sorrows and pain and how we can still choose to follow His way in the midst of all of it. I hope it blesses you as it has blessed me.

Also a plug for Brooke - if you love her singing as I do, you can check out her CD called 'Redeeming the Time' on iTunes.

10 comments:

Kelly said...

Beautiful!

Nma said...

Hi Rhoda! This is Nma. It's been so long, you may not remember me. Was in Dundee, friend of Ruth (nee Twinem), and we attended the CU together.
Ruth told me about your blog, and I've found it a blessing to see how God has blessed and is using you. A great testimony indeed!

I hope to follow your blog more regularly, but really wanted to say hello again too after all these years.
:)

Also, thanks for this hymn reference, I shall be learning it too.

Rhoda said...

Hi Nma! I definitely remember you! Especially when I get out those lovely walking boots you gave me :) Thank you for visiting my blog, it's great to hear from you again! My e-mail is on the about page if you want to stay in touch - it doesn't look like you're on Facebook :)

Nma said...

Oh cool, you remember me :) And I'd totally forgotten about the boots!
I'm not on Facebook. Would be nice to stay in touch, best wishes, N :)

Rhoda said...

I love the boots too much to forget who gave them to me :)

Our Family for His Glory said...

How beautiful! And the words are so precious!!
Jessica

Rhoda said...

Yes I love those words - I've cried many times singing it :)

Debra said...

Terrific job! :-)
Debra
www.debraejohnson.com

Abbi said...

I love this song too. This week after our election (of ungodly leaders) here in the USA I was spending some time singing and playing some hymns and this one really comforted me and encouraged me. What I found interesting then was that tonight I was preparing to write a blog post on the topic of the election and wanted to share this and another song so I looked on Youtube for some videos and I came across this one that you had put on and then happened to notice that it went with your blog which I actually already follow. It is a small world! :-)

Rhoda said...

Hi Abbi, it is a small world! I'm going to go look at your blog post on election now :)

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