I Surrender


"Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him." - Psalm 115:3

At some point, the prayer that comes from trembling lips and a shaken life is short and to the point--"I surrender."

Jesus prayed fervently for the desires of His heart, yet submitted Himself willingly to the sovereign plan of God. And so must we surrender ourselves to God's plan for us. God "does whatever pleases him." But know this--everything that pleases Him is good and right.

Back in 1896, a hymn writer named J.W. Van DeVenter wrote "I Surrender All." Here are his words about this beloved hymn:

"The song was written while I was conducting a meeting at East Palestine, Ohio, and in the home of George Sebring (founder of Sebring Campmeeting Bible Conference . . .). For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life. I became and evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, he caused me to sing."

Enjoy this beautiful hymn!

1. All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

2. All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

3. All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

4. All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

5. All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame;
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

Father, to You I leave it all, knowing that someday I will see through all of life's challenges that You have "loved me dearly." In Jesus' name. Amen. - Ron Moore
Feb 5 2018