I sought the Lord, and afterward I knewAuthor: Anonymous (1878)
Songs of Response
Published in 70 hymnals
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1. I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
he moved my soul to seek him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true;
no, I was found of thee.
2. Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea.
'Twas not so much that I on thee took hold,
as thou, dear Lord, on me.
3. I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole
of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee!
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul;
always thou lovedst me.
United Methodist Hymnal, 1989
|First Line:||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew|
|Liturgical Use:||Songs of Response|
st. 2 = Matt 14:22-23
st. 3 = 1 John 4:10,19, Jer. 31:3
Said by some scholars to have been written in 1878, this anonymous text was published in Holy Songs, Carols, and Sacred Ballads compiled by the Roberts brothers in Boston (1880). Austin Lovelace says of this text: "'He first loved us.' This simple yet profound thought is the basis for the hymn. God loved us long before we knew it. We seek God, but already God is holding out a hand waiting for us to take hold of it and be rescued from the seas of life" (Lovelace, Hymn Notes).
Stanza 2 alludes to the scene in which Christ saves Peter from drowning (see Matt. 14:22-33).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew. [He first loved us.] An anonymous and undated hymn in The Pilgrim Hymnal 1904.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Instances (1 - 11 of 11)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Common Praise (1998) #547||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||FAITH||10 10 10 6||Matthew 6:9-15; Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 14:22-33; Matthew 18:10-14; Mark 6:45-52; Luke 11:1-13; Luke 15:1-32; Luke 19:1-10; John 15:1-17; Romans 5:1-11||1998||Peter | ; Trust |||<cite>Holy Songs, Carols, and Sacred Ballads</cite>, Boston, 1880, alt.|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #689||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||FAITH||Anon.||10. 10. 10. 6||1985||<i>Pilgrim Hymnal, </i>1904|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #685||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew||FINLANDIA||anonymous||188.8.131.52.11.10||Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 14:22-23; 1 John 4:10; 1 John 4:19||2013||Jesus Christ | Saving Work; Love | Christ's Love for Us; Elements of Worship | Forgiviness and Grace|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #498||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew||FINLANDIA||Anonymous||10 10 10 8 10 8||Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 14:28-33; 1 John 4:10-19; Matthew 14:32; 1 John 4||1987||Deliverance | ; Election | ; Love | God's Love to Us; Redemption ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #162||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||PEACE||Anonymous||10.10.10.6||Matthew 14:31||1985||<i>Pilgrim Hymnal</i> (1904)|
|Small Church Music #366||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||Artavia||ARTAVIA||10.10.10.10|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3066||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||PEACE||Anonymous||10.10.10.6||This hymn's first publication was apparently in Boston, Massachusetts, in <cite>Holy Songs, Carols and Sacred Ballads</cite>|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #341||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||PEACE||Anon.||10 10.10 6||1989||Prevenient Grace | Invitation; Call to the Christian Life | ; Christian Experience | ; Jesus Christ | Love For; Jesus Christ | Love of|
|The Worshiping Church #440||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||Anonymous||John 12:32; John 6:44; Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 14:31; Luke 19:10||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #466||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew||PEACE||Anonymous||10.10.10.6.||1 John 4:19||1990||Election | ; The Way of Salvation | Salvation by Grace; Christ | Love and Grace of; Grace | Sovereign ; Holy Spirit | Efficacious Grace of|
|Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #593||I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew||I Sought the Lord||FAITH||Anon.||10 10 10 6||Matthew 14:22-33||1986||Ordinary Time 19, Year A | ; Eucharist | ; Funeral | ; Pastoral Care of the Sick | ; Penance | ; Comfort | ; Commitment | ; Courage | ; Discipleship | ; Faith | ; Healing | ; Jesus Christ | ; Love of God for Us | ; Mission | ; Pilgrimage | ; Providence | ; Redemption | ; Repentance | ; Trust ||