'Tis not that I did choose TheeAuthor: Josiah Conder (1836)
Published in 69 hymnals
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1 Lord, 'tis not that I did choose Thee;
That, I know, could never be,
For this heart would still refuse Thee
Had Thy grace not chosen me.
Thou hast from the sin that stained me
Washed and cleansed and set me free
And unto this end ordained me,
That I ever live to Thee.
2 It was grace in Christ that called me,
Taught my darkened heart and mind;
Else the world had yet enthralled me,
To Thy heav'nly glories blind.
Now I worship none above Thee;
For Thy grace alone I thirst,
Knowing well that, if I love Thee,
Thou, O Lord, didst love me first.
3 Praise the God of all creation;
Praise the Father's boundless love.
Praise the Lamb, our expiation,
Priest and King enthroned above.
Praise the Spirit of salvation,
Him by whom our spirits live.
To the great Jehovah give.
Source: Lutheran Service Book #573
st. 1 = John 15:16, Eph. 1:4, 2 Thess. 2:13
st. 2 = I John 4:10, 19
Originally beginning "'Tis not that I did choose thee," this hymn by Josiah Conder (b. Aldersgate, London, England, 1789; d. St. John's Wood, London, 1855) was published in Leifchild's Original Hymns (1843). Although not as well known as other hymn texts by Conder (e.g., "Bread of Heaven, On Thee We Feed" or “The Lord Is King, Lift Up Thy Voice”), this text has been treasured in the songbooks of the Christian Reformed Church because of its focus on the doctrine of election. The text simply confesses that God chose us as his people long before any of us responded to his love.
A prolific poet and author of books on a variety of topics, Conder was a Congregational layman who took over his father's bookshop and for some twenty years edited the Eclectic Review. His hymns were published posthumously in Hymns of Praise, Prayer, and Devout Meditation (1856). Isaac Watts' (PHH 155) hymns had dominated the Congregational Church for many years, but in 1836 the Congregationalist Union published The Congregational Hymn Book, a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns edited by Conder. That hymnbook contained fifty-six of Conder's hymns.
During the service of confession/assurance; with confessional preaching on the doctrine of election.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 11 of 11)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #289||My Lord, I Did Not Choose You||My Lord, I did not choose You||WHITFIELD||Josiah Conder||184.108.40.206.D.||John 15:16||1991|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #380||Lord, 'Tis Not that I Did Choose You||Lord, 'tis not that I did choose you||O DU LIEBE MEINER LIEBE||Josiah Conder, 1789-1855||87 87 D||1993||Justification ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #222||Lord, 'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee||Lord, 'tis not that I did choose Thee||O DU LIEBE MEINER LIEBE||J. Conder, 1789-1855||87 87 D||1996||Election | ; Epiphany 5 ||
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #107||My Lord, I did not choose you||My Lord, I did not choose you||OFFERTORIUM||J. Conder (1789-1855)||7 6 7 6 D||John 15:16||1987||God, Saviour | Growing, Teaching, Serving; The Election of God's People | Abraham; Epiphany 2, Revelation | The First Disciples; Christ the Friend of Sinners ||
|Lutheran Service Book #573||Lord, 'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee||Lord, 'tis not that I did choose Thee||O DU LIEBE MEINER LIEBE||Josiah Conder, 1789-1855||87 87 D||John 15:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 4:10; 1 John 4:19||2006|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #496||My Lord, I Did Not Choose You||My Lord, I did not choose you||CALCUTTA||Josiah Conder||76 76 D||John 15:16; 1 John 4:10-19; 1 John 4||1987||Election | ; Love | God's Love to Us; Redemption | ; Grace | ; Sanctification ||
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #96||'Tis not that I did choose thee||'Tis not that I did choose thee||Josiah Conder, 1789-1855||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #4284||My Lord, I Did Not Choose You||My Lord, I did not choose You||WHITFIELD||Josiah Conder||76.76 D|
|The Cyber Hymnal #6794||'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee||'Tis not that I did choose Thee||SAVOY CHAPEL||Josiah Conder||76.76 D|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #471||'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee||'Tis not that I did choose thee||SAVOY CHAPEL||Josiah Conder||220.127.116.11.D.||John 15:16; 1 John 4:19||1990||The Way of Salvation | Election; God | Sovereignty of; Love | For Christ of God|
|Worship Supplement 2000 #776||Lord, "tis Not that I Did Choose You||Lord, 'tis not that I did choose You||WIEISSE FLAGGEN||Josiah Conder, 1789-1855; Henry F. Lyte, 1793-1847||87 87 D||2007||Justification ||