Fill thou my life, O Lord, my GodAuthor: Horatius Bonar (1866)
Published in 74 hymnals
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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 (1 - 24 of 24)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #632||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||RICHMOND||Horatius N. Bonar (1808-1889)||CM||Romans 15:13; Colossians 3:17||2013||Christian Initiation | ; Commitment | ; Dedication | of people; Discipleship | ; Praise | ; Proper 16 | Year C; Proper 18 | Year A; Self-offering | ; The Fourth Sunday before Advent | Year B; The Fourth Sunday before Lent | Year A|
|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||BILLING||Horatius N. Bonar (1808-1889)||CM||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||2005||The Living God | Our Response to God - in adoration and gratitude; Adoration | of God; Praise ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #424||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||RICHMOND||Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889||CM||2000||Fourth Sunday Before Lent | Year A; Proper 16 | Year C; Proper 26 | Year B; Baptism and Confirmation ||
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and 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||CM||2000|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #200||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||CM||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #792a||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||ST. FULBERT||Horatius Bonar||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #792b||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||BEATITUDO||Horatius Bonar||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #541||Fill now my life, O Lord my God||RICHMOND||H. Bonar (1808-1889)||8 6 8 6 (CM)||1987||God's Church | Commitment and Character; Advent 3 | The Forerunner; Pentecost 3 | The Life of the Baptized; Pentecost 17 | The Proof of Faith; Pentecost 18 | The Offering of Life|
|Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #182||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||RICHMOND||Horatius Bonar||2008|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #129||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||CM||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||ELLACOMBE||Horatius Bonar||126.96.36.199 D||Psalm 57; Psalm 34:1; Psalm 71:8||2013||Discipleship | ; God's | Presence; Grateful Living | ; Holy Spirit | ; Jesus Christ | Presence|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #547||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord, My God||ELLACOMBE||Horatius Bonar||CMD||Psalm 34:1||1987||Commitment & Dedication | ; Family | ; Praise & Adoration | ; Walk with God | ; Pilgrimage & Conflct | ; Sanctification ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #147||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God||ARDEN||Horatius Bonar||CM||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #665||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||CM||1999|
|Singing the Faith #73a||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||ST. FULBERT||Horatius N. Bonar, 1808-1889||CM||Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 103:1; Psalm 121:8; Romans 12:1; Romans 15:7-13; Revelation 5:9||2011||Praise and Thanksgiving ||
|Singing the Faith #73b||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||BEATITUDO||Horatius N. Bonar, 1808-1889||CM||Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 29:2; Psalm 103:1; Psalm 121:8; Romans 12:1; Romans 15:7-13; Revelation 5:9||2011||Praise and Thanksgiving ||
|Small Church Music #54||Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God||RICHMOND||Horatius Bonar||188.8.131.52|
|Small Church Music #1143||Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God||Lloyd||LLOYD||Horatius Bonar||184.108.40.206|
|Small Church Music #1526||Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God||St. Fulbert||ST. FULBERT||Horatius Bonar||220.127.116.11|
|The Cyber Hymnal #1530||Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life||ELLACOMBE||Horatius Bonar||76.76 D||<cite>Hymns of Faith and Hope</cite>, third series, 1866|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #596||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||CM||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #589||Fill thou my life, O Lord my God||Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God||ST. FLAVIAN||Horatius Bonar||C.M.||Psalm 34:1||1990||Good Works | ; The Christian Life | Christian Service; Abiding in Christ | ; Contentment | ; Daily Living | ; Life | Sacredness of; Supplication | For Sanctification|