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 MAKE ME A CAPTIVE, LORD -matheson

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Leonard Ravenhill used to quote this hymn from the pulpit. "Imprison me within Thine arms, and strong shall be my hand." Oh may that be our portion today!

[b]MAKE ME A CAPTIVE, LORD[/b]
[i]Words: George Matheson, 1890.[/i]

Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free.
Force me to render up my sword, and I shall conqueror be.
I sink in life’s alarms when by myself I stand;
Imprison me within Thine arms, and strong shall be my hand.

My heart is weak and poor until it master find;
It has no spring of action sure, it varies with the wind.
It cannot freely move till Thou has wrought its chain;
Enslave it with Thy matchless love, and deathless it shall reign.

My power is faint and low till I have learned to serve;
It lacks the needed fire to glow, it lacks the breeze to nerve.
It cannot drive the world until itself be driven;
Its flag can only be unfurled when Thou shalt breathe from heaven.

My will is not my own till Thou hast made it Thine;
If it would reach a monarch’s throne, it must its crown resign.
It only stands unbent amid the clashing strife,
When on Thy bosom it has leant, and found in Thee its life.

from: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/m/a/makecapt.htm


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 Re: MAKE ME A CAPTIVE, LORD -matheson

Hey Greg,

This is a great hymn and we sing it often before preaching in the park. It's packed with great truths to chew on...


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