I Surrender All

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1 All to Jesus I surrender,
all to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him,
in his presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all;
all to thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

2 All to Jesus I surrender,
make me, Savior, wholly thine;
let me feel thy Holy Spirit,
truly know that thou art mine. [Refrain]

3 All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to thee;
fill me with thy love and power,
let thy blessing fall on me. [Refrain]

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Canons of Dort V, 13 explain that our assurance of eternal security and perseverance cannot “produce immorality or lack of concern for godliness in those put back on their feet after a fall, but it produces a much greater concern to observe carefully the way which the Lord prepared in advance” and it is “an incentive to a serious and continuous practice of thanksgiving and good works...” (Canons of Dort V, 12) Therefore, this sub-section contains songs which express both the desire and the commitment of the believer to walk in obedience for holy living. Woven throughout these songs are expressions of fervent desire for holy living, a dedication to follow God’s will, a surrender of one’s will, and prayers for the Holy Spirit to continue his sanctifying work.


I Surrender All

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Affirmation
O Lord Jesus Christ, to you I surrender the bodily strength I have always treasured.
All to Jesus I surrender.
I surrender the agilities of mind I have always prized.
All to Jesus I surrender.
I surrender the comforts of my self-esteem and good reputation.
All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give. 
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, in your name we pray. Amen
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

I Surrender All

Tune Information

D♭ Major
Meter refrain



I Surrender All

Hymn Story/Background

The song was writ­ten while I was con­duct­ing a meet­ing at East Pal­es­tine, Ohio, in the home of George Seb­ring (found­er of the Seb­ring Camp­meet­ing Bi­ble Con­fer­ence in Seb­ring, Ohio, and lat­er de­vel­op­er of the town of Seb­ring, Flor­i­da). For some time, I had strug­gled be­tween de­vel­op­ing my tal­ents in the field of art and go­ing into full-time evan­gel­is­tic work. At last the pi­vot­al hour of my life came, and I sur­ren­dered all. A new day was ushered in­to my life. I became an evang­el­ist and dis­cov­ered down deep in my soul a tal­ent hi­ther­to un­known to me. God had hid­den a song in my heart, and touch­ing a ten­der chord, He caused me to sing.
— Judson Van DeVenter

Author Information

Judson Van DeVenter (1855, Dundee, Michigan – 1939, Tampa, Florida) at­tend­ed Hill­sdale Coll­ege, then taught art in Shar­on, Penn­syl­van­ia. Af­ter sev­er­al years, though, he de­cided to switch to a career in evan­gel­ism, work­ing with Wil­bur Chap­man and others in Amer­i­ca and Eng­land. To­ward the end of his life, he lived in St. Pe­ters­burg, Flor­i­da, then moved to Tam­pa, Flor­i­da, around 1923. He was pro­fess­or of hymn­ol­o­gy at the Flor­i­da Bi­ble In­sti­tute (now Trin­i­ty Bi­ble Coll­ege) for four years.
— Cyberhymnal.org

Composer Information

Winfield Scott Weeden (b. 1847, Middleport, Ohio, d. 1908, Bisby Lake, New York) taught singing schools before entering evangelistic work. A gifted song leader, he was associated with Judson W. Van Deventer for many years. He was the compiler of several collections, including The Peacemaker, 1894, Songs of Sovereign Grace, 1897, and Songs of the Peacemaker, 1895. He moved to New York City late in life and owned a small hotel. His tombstone in Woodlawn Cemeter is engraved with “I Surrender All.”
Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal, Abingdon Press, 1993, p. 852
— United Methodist Hymnal Companion
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