Just One Thing Have I Desired

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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.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #266

Translator: P. C. Paulsen

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. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

Author: J. C. Hansen

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First Line: Just one thing have I desired
Title: Just One Thing Have I Desired
Danish Title: Kun een Ting vil jeg begaere
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Author: J. C. Hansen
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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