I Gave My Life For Thee
I found the words to this well-beloved song to be fresh and poignant while studying for a recent message from Isaiah 53. Perhaps read the 53rd chapter and then read this hymn with it in mind:I Gave My Life for Theeby Frances R. Havergal, 1836-18791 I gave My life for thee,My precious blood I shed,That thou might'st ransomed beAnd quickened from the dead.I gave My life for thee;What hast thou given for Me?2. I spent long years for theeIn weariness and woeThat an eternityOf joy thou mightest know.I spent long years for thee;Hast thou spent one for Me?3. My Father's home of light,My rainbow-circled throne,I left for earthly night,For wanderings sad and lone.I left it all for thee;Hast thou left aught for Me?4. I suffered much for thee,More than My tongue may tell,Of bitterest agony,To rescue thee from hell.I suffered much for thee;What canst thou bear for Me?5. And I have brought to theeDown from My home aboveSalvation full and free,My pardon and My love.Great gifts I brought to thee;What hast thou brought to Me?6. Oh, let thy life be given,Thy years for Me be spent,World's fetters all be riven,And joy with suffering blent!I gave Myself for thee:Give thou thyself to Me.