1 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after thy will,
while I am waiting, yielded and still.
2 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Search me and try me, Savior today!
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now,
as in thy presence humbly I bow.
3 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!
4 Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Hold o'er my being absolute sway.
Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!
United Methodist Hymnal, 1989
|First Line:||Have Thine own way, Lord!|
|Title:||Have Thine Own Way, Lord|
|Author:||Adelaide A. Pollard (1906)|
|Liturgical Use:||Songs of Response|
Adelaide Pollard wrote the text of this hymn after attending a prayer service in 1902. She had dreamed of being in the mission field in Africa, but was unable to go due to financial instability. When she heard an elderly woman at the prayer meeting say, “It really doesn’t matter what you do with us Lord, just have your own way with our lives,” Pollard was inspired. She wrote all four stanzas that night before bed. The line which says, “Thou art the Potter, I am the clay,” was inspired by the story of the potter in Jeremiah 18:3. The text surrenders all control to the Lord, invoking his spirit to cleanse, mold, and transform.
Five years after the text had been written, George Stebbins specifically wrote a tune for Pollard’s hymn, entitled ADELAIDE. He wrote the tune in 1907 the hymn was first published the same year in “Northfield Hymnal with Alexander’s Supplement.” The melody is serviceable, but is probably best sung in parts.
This hymn is good for a service of renewal, but should not be limited to any specific part of the Church year. As a whole, this is best used as a post-sermon hymn. This hymn should be sung flowingly in parts.
Luke Getz Hymnary.org