This text is a simple prayer to God, showing our intent to serve and follow God in our lives. The use of “ever praise” in the repeated first lines gives it a sense of formality, almost as if we the worshipers are taking an oath. The text seems to shift between this formality and the more familiar (“and step by step you’ll lead me”) in a way that allows both to shine through.
Sing! A New Creation
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.