'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 You;
That, I know, could never be,
For this heart would still refuse You
Had Your grace not chosen me.
You removed the sin that stained me,
Cleansing me to be Your own;
For this purpose You ordained me,
That I live for you alone.
2 It was grace in Christ that called me,
Taught my darkened heart and mind,
Else the world had yet enthralled me,
To Your heav'nly glories blind.
Now I worship none above You;
For Your grace alone I thirst,
Knowing well that, if I love You,
You, O Father, loved me first.
3 Haste then on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith and winged by prayer.
All but heav'n is transitory;
God's own hand shall guide you there.
Soon shall end this earthly story;
Swift shall pass the pilgrim days,
Hope soon change to heav'nly glory,
Faith to sight and prayer to praise.
Source: Worship Supplement 2000 #776
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||188.8.131.52.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||184.108.40.206.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 ||