Make me what you want me to be, O Lord

Representative Text

1 Make me what you want me to be, O Lord,--
I belong to Thee,
In tho't and in purpose, in deed and word,
Work Thy will in me.

Chorus:
Just what you want me to be, dear Lord,
Just what you want me to be;
All sin washed away--
All Thine from today,
Just what you want me, Lord, make me.

2 Make me what you want me to be in heart,
Saved from ev'ry sin,
Withholding from Thee not a single part,
Wholly Thine within. [Chorus]

3 Make me what you want me to be in deed,
Serving Thee alone,
And ready for service, whate'er the need--
Savior, all Thine own. [Chorus]

4 Make me what you want me to be, to win
Souls who are astray,
To bring others back from the fields of sin,
Savior, while I may. [Chorus]

5 Make me what you want me to be for I
Trust alone in Thee;
Thy plan and Thy will as the days go by,
Master, work in me. [Chorus]

6 Make me what you want me to be, dear Lord,
All forever Thine,
And keep me as promised in Holy Word,
By Thy pow'r divine. [Chorus]

Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #68

Author: William C. Poole

William C. Poole was born and raised on a farm in Maryland. His parents belonged to the Methodist church. He graduated from Washington College and became a Methodist minister in Wilmington, Delaware area. He was pastor of McCabe Memorial, Richardson Park and other churches. In 1913 he was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Delaware. He wrote about five hundred hymns. The writing was done as recreation and a diversion from his pastoral work. His goal in writing as well as in being a minister was to help people. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Make me what you want me to be, O Lord
Author: William C. Poole
Refrain First Line: Just what you want me to be, dear Lord
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