Fill thou my life, O Lord, my GodAuthor: Horatius Bonar (1866)
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1 Fill thou my life, O Lord, my God,
in every part with praise,
that my whole being may proclaim
thy being and thy ways.
Not for the lip of praise alone,
nor e'en the praising heart
I ask, but for a life made up
of praise in every part.
2 Praise in the common words I speak,
life's common looks and tones,
in fellowship enjoyed at home
with my beloved ones,
enduring wrong, reproach, or loss
with sweet and steadfast will,
forgiving freely those who hate,
returning good for ill.
3 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 no part of day or night
from sacredness be free,
but all my life, in every step,
be fellowship with thee.
|First Line:||Fill thou my life, O Lord, my God|
|Title:||Fill Thou My Life|
|Author:||Horatius Bonar (1866)|
st. 1 = Ps. 34:1, Ps. 71:8
Horatius Bonar (PHH 260), famous Scottish evangelical preacher and poet, wrote this text in twelve, four-line stanzas. Entitled "Life's Praise," the text was published in the third series of Bonar's Hymns of Faith and Hope (1866). Like most other hymnals the Psalter Hymnal includes only half of the original text with minor alterations (the most obvious being the change from "intercourse" to "fellowship" in st. 2, which is more in accord today with Bonar's meaning).
The text's theme is the consecration of all life as a doxology to God–the equivalent in hymn form of the neo-Calvinist concept that all of life is religion. Echoing an emphasis of the Old Testament prophets (see Ps. 50 or Isa. 1), this text affirms that "lip service" or an orthodox heart is not enough; we must live our Christianity in every aspect of our lives each day. That sanctity of life includes the intimate setting of family life and, by extension, the entire family of God, the church (st. 2). Such a holy lifestyle is possible only in communion with God, in "fellowship with thee."
Because the whole of Christian life should be a true doxology to the Lord, many occasions of worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (13)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #349||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #183||Fill now our life, O Lord our God||Horatius N. Bonar (1808-1889)||Richard Runciman Terry (1865-1938)||126.96.36.199||1 John 1:3; Colossians 3:17; Colossians 3:23; Hebrews 13:15-16; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 71:8; Psalm 138:1; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 14:3||BILLING||D Major||English||2005|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old & New #174||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #146||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||188.8.131.52||2000|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #200||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||184.108.40.206||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #541||Fill now my life, O Lord my God||H. Bonar (1808-1889)||T. Haweis (1734-1820); S. Webbe the younger (c. 1770-1843); C. S. Lang (1891-1971)||RICHMOND||G Major or modal||1987|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #129||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||220.127.116.11||1996|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #356||Fill thou my life, O Lord, my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord, My God||Horatius Bonar||18.104.22.168 D||Psalm 57; Psalm 34:1; Psalm 71:8||ELLACOMBE||A Flat Major||2013|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #547||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord, My God||Horatius Bonar||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 34:1||ELLACOMBE||A Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #147||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God||Horatius Bonar||George Thalben-Ball||126.96.36.199||ARDEN||F Major||English||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #665||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||188.8.131.52||1999|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #596||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||184.108.40.206||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #589||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God||Horatius Bonar||220.127.116.11||Psalm 34:1||ST. FLAVIAN||F Major||English||1990|