Songs & Scripture: “Take My Life (And Let it Be)” (Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, Louie Giglio)

 

English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in ...
English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in Johnson City, Tennessee, November 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Ok, so I admit it. I’m really into redone hymns. I don’t know if it’s because the writers centuries ago took on more “meat” when they sat down to write or if it’s because our modern songs generally have fewer verses, but I just love them. I love the mix of hardcore lyrics with modern melodies. Here’s another redone classic hymn, Take My Life (and Let it Be) redone by the king of contemporary christian music himself, Chris Tomlin.

The original hymn writer was Frances Havergal (who sounds like one cool lady! A woman skiing the alps in the 1800’s? You go girl!). Ahem, where was I? Havergal wrote this hymn in 1876, and learning the story behind the song only deepened my love for it. You can read that here, since my focus for this blog is to focus on the verses behind song lyrics, and many talented authors have already well-researched the stories!

Frances Ridley Havergal
Frances Ridley Havergal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Searching for the Scriptures for this song was challenging but good.

Everyone seems to have a differing opinion of the central verse of this hymn, but I thought this one seemed to fit the best:

For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. -Leviticus 11:44a

Take My Life (And Let it Be)
CCLI# 4162843
Written by Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, and Louie Giglio

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to thee. (Leviticus 11:44)
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. (Psalm 90:12)
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:14-15)

Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my king. (Psalm 89:1)
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee. (Psalm 19:14, Psalm 141:3)
Take my silver and my gold not a might would I withhold. (1 Chronicles 29:5, Luke 21:2-4)
Take my intellect and use every power as you choose. (Luke 10:27)

::Chorus::
Here am I, all of me. (Isaiah 6:8)
Take my life, it’s all for thee. (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Corinthians 10:31)

Take my will and make it Thine it shall be no longer mine. (Matthew 6:10Luke 22:42)
Take my heart it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne. (Isaiah 57:15, Isaiah 66:1-2, Ezekiel 36:26)
Take my love, my Lord I pour at your feet its treasure store (Matthew 6:21, Luke 6:45)
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee, (Romans 12:1, Philippinas 1:20-21)
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee.

[chorus repeats]

References:
http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/288

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4 thoughts on “Songs & Scripture: “Take My Life (And Let it Be)” (Chris Tomlin, Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan, Louie Giglio)”

  1. I am currently reading the book Kept for the Master’s Use, which was written by Frances Havergal and expands on the thoughts of the hymn. It is so very good and can be accessed free online. Google it and you can find free downloads of it. Thanks for putting the hymn here for me to hear.

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