I Am Not Skilled to Understand

I am not skilled to understand

Author: Dora Greenwell (1873)
Published in 58 hymnals

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1. I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at His right hand
Is One who is my Savior!

2. I take Him at His word indeed;
Christ died for sinners—this I read;
For in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior!

3. That He should leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I,
Before I knew my Savior!

4. And oh, that He fulfilled may see
The travail of His soul in me,
And with His work contented be,
As I with my dear Savior!

5. Yea, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring;
That He who lives to be my king
Once died to be my Savior!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2717

Author: Dora Greenwell

Greenwell, Dorothy, commonly known as "Dora Greenwell," was born at Greenwell Ford, Durham, in 1821; resided at Ovingham Rectory, Northumberland (1848); Golborne Rectory, Lancashire; Durham (1854), and Clifton, near Bristol, where she died in 1882. Her works include Poems, 1848; The Patience of Hope, 1861; The Life of Lacordaire; A Present Heaven; Two Friends; Songs of Salvation, 1874, &c. Her Life, by W. Dorling, was published in 1885. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology  Go to person page >

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First Line: I am not skilled to understand
Title: I Am Not Skilled to Understand
Author: Dora Greenwell (1873)
Meter: D with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: My Savior loves, my Savior lives


I am not skilled to understand . Dorothy Greenwell. [Jesus the Saviour.] From her Songs of Salvation, 1873, p. 4, entitled "Redemption," into the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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Baptist Hymnal 1975 #d145
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #287TextImage
Bells of Heaven: a Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes "New and Old" #d141
Christian Endeavor Edition of Gospel Hymns No. 6 #97Image
Christian Praise #d139
Complete Mission Praise #257
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Favorite Hymns of Praise #479TextImage
Glorious Praise: specially prepared for use in the prayer meeting, the church service, the young people's meetings, the Sunday school, the evangelistic and other religious gatherings #198Image
Gospel Hymns No. 6 #d63
Gospel Hymns Nos. 5 and 6 Combined: for use in gospel meetings and other religious services #334Image
Gospel Praises for Use in Meetings of Christian Worship #191Image
Hymns for the Family of God #94
Hymns for the Living Church #305TextImage
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #432
Hymns of Blessing for the Living Church: the best of the old and the latest of the new, suited to the church and home, the Sunday school, the brotherhoods, the young peoples' neetingss... #355Image
Hymns of Faith #333TextImage
Hymns of Grace and Glory #d65
Hymns of the Christian Life. Rev. ed. #d165
Hymns of the Christian Life. Rev. ed. #d169
Hymns of the Higher Life #36Image
Hymns: The Hymnal of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship #d54
Immanuel Hymnal #d164
Joy and Praise #61Image
Life and Service Hymns #355Image
Northfield Hymnal No. 3 #301Image
Peerless Hymns #d70
Revival Hymns and Choruses #299Text
Select Songs for the Singing Service in the Prayer Meeting and Sunday School #d103
Select Songs for the Sunday School #d104
Sing Joyfully #287TextImage
Sing Your Way Home: hymns and choruses for use at hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement communities #49
Songs of Joy and Gladness #31Image
Songs of Praise and Power #d97
Songs of Sovereign Grace #189Image
Songs of the Church #d87
Sunday-School Praises: prepared especially for use in the Sunday-School #81Image
Sweet Harmonies: a new song book of gospels songs for use in revivals and all religious gatherings, sunday-schools, etc. #77Image
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d149
The Bow of Promise: hymns new and old for missionary and revival meetings and Sabbath-schools #103Image
The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #d272
The Christian Life Hymnal #263
The Cyber Hymnal #2717TextAudioScore
The Hymnal #d174
The Hymnal: Published by Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d164
The King's Praises No. 3 #d41
The New Church Hymnal #8
The Old Story in Song #43Image
The Watchword or The World of Gold #d40
The Worshiping Church #480TextImage
The Young People's Hymnal, adapted to the use of Sunday schools, epworth leagues, prayer meetings, and revivals #29Image
The Young People's Hymnal No. 3: adapted to the use of Sunday Schools, Epworth Leagues, prayer meetings and revivals #127Image
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #459TextImage
Victorious Life Hymns #225Image
Winning Songs #d50
Winnowed Songs for Sunday Schools #105Image
Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #68TextImage
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