Title: O Jesus, I Have Promised
Composer: Arthur H. Mann, 1881
Author: John E. Bode, ca. 1866
Scripture: Luke 9:57
Theme: Commitment;Discipleship and Service;Guidance;Installation Services;Jesus Christ: Presence;Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace: Personal Holiness
1. O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end; be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend. I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side, nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide. 2. O let me feel thee near me! The world is ever near; I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear; my foes are ever near me, around me and within; but Jesus, draw thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin. 3. O let me hear thee speaking in accents clear and still, above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will. O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control; O speak, and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul. 4. O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be. And Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end; O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.