I include today an example of a hymn I have never sung at church, but am truly blown away by its truths – in the lyrics. I did change the “Thee” and “Thou” because I don’t consider hymn writers to be infallible nor do I consider songs about God to be art that is somehow ruined if adapted. I believe the writers who were most sincere about leading the singer to worship HIM would be okay if I made it a little more true to my language today.
Fill my life, O Lord my God, in every part with praise,
that my whole being may proclaim Your being and Your ways.
Not for the lip of praise alone, not even the praising heart,
I ask but for a life made up of praise in every part!
Praise in the common words I speak, life’s common looks and tones,
in fellowship in hearth and home with my beloved ones.
Not in the temple crowd alone where holy voices chime,
but in the silent paths of earth, the quiet rooms of time.
Fill every part of me with praise; let all my being speak
of You and of Your love, O Lord, poor though I be, and weak.
So shall You, Lord, from me, even me, receive the glory due;
and so shall I begin on earth the song forever new.
So shall each fear, each fret, each care be turned into a song,
and every winding of the way the echo shall prolong.
So shall each part of day or night to sacredness be true,
and all my life, in every step be fellowship with You.