1 Just one thing have I desired
Of God, my Father and Lord,
That I may dwell in His temple
And ever be led by His Word.
He hideth me in His pavilion
In times of distress and grief;
He guards me against my pursuers
And gives me rest and relief.
2 I see His goodness and mercy
And feel His love in my soul;
I know, and yet I must ponder,
The love that my heart has made whole
I come unto Him as my Father,
Whose heart is most kind and true;
I know He will ever receive me
With loving kindness anew.
3 I must, while seasons are passing,
Admire the care of my Lord,
Whose hand has always been faithful,
Though often I doubted His word.
I linger, and quietly marvel,
In thoughtfulness at His feet:
His goodness endureth forever,
His care is tender an meet.
4 I lift mine eyes to the mansions
That beckon to me and call,
Which stand on hills everlasting,
When worlds shall crumble and fall.
Just one thing have I desired
And sought after all my days,
That I may abide in His temple
And see His works and His ways.
Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark.
He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada.
He died on July 26, 1948.
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Display Title: Just One Thing Have I DesiredFirst Line: Just one thing have I desiredTune Title: [Just one thing have I desired]Author: Provost John HansenMeter: 8, 7, 8, 8, 9, 7, 9, 7Date: 1927Subject: Spiritual Songs | God's House
Display Title: Just One Thing Have I DesiredFirst Line: Just one thing have I desiredTune Title: [Just one thing have I desired]Author: Provost John HansenMeter: 8, 7, 8, 8, 9, 7, 9, 7Date: 1928Subject: Spiritual Songs | God's House