I'd Rather Have Jesus

I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold

Author: Rhea F. Miller (1922)
Tune: I'D RATHER HAVE JESUS
Published in 15 hymnals

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1 I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands.
I'd rather be led by His nail pierced hand

Chorus:
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin's dread sway.
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

2 I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause;
I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I'd rather be true to His holy name [Chorus]

3 He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He's sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He's all that my hungering spirit needs.
I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead [Chorus]

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #530

Author: Rhea F. Miller

A biography and song history from Ron Kelly, Jr: Rhea F. Miller was the only daughter of Martin and Bertha Ross, from Brooktondale, NY, which is 8 miles out of Ithaca, NY. "Grampa Ross," we called him, had been a drunk and wanted nothing to do with religion. His wife, Bertha, was faithful to God in spite of her husband's drunkenness. Her faithfulness and the prayers of family and friends eventually led to his salvation and deliverance from alcohol. As a result, he entered the ministry and became pastor of the Baptist Church in Brooktondale. The Miller family attended the Baptist church, whose members included a young man named Howard Vassar Miller. He was saved in 1910 when he was just 16 years old. It wasn't long before he and Rhea caugh… Go to person page >

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Instances (9)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #392Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #550TextImage
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #530TextImage
Celebration Hymnal #506Image
Complete Mission Praise #319
Hymns of Faith #237TextImage
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #327
Sing Joyfully #294TextImage
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #517



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