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233. I'd Rather Have Jesus

1 I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold,
I'd rather be his than have riches untold;
I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I'd rather be led by his nail-pierced hand--

Than to be the king of a vast domain,
or be held in sin's dread sway;
I'd rather have Jesus than anything
this world affords today.

2 I'd rather have Jesus than your applause,
I'd rather be faithful to his dear cause;
I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame,
I'd rather be true to his holy name-- [Refrain]

3 He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom,
he's sweeter than honey from out the comb;
he's all that my hungering spirit needs,
I'd rather have Jesus and let him lead-- [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold
Title: I'd Rather Have Jesus
Author: Rhea Miller
Publication Date: 1999
Scripture: Matthew 19:16-30
Topic: Stewardship, Commitment; Invitation to Discipleship; Trust
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Than to be the kind of a vast domain
Notes: Now Public Domain
Copyright: © 1922, 1950 Chancel Music, admin. Word Music Inc.
Tune Information
Name: [I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold]
Composer: George Beverly Shea
Key: D♭ Major
Copyright: © 1939, 1966 Chancel Music, admin. Word Music, Inc.

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