Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Treasure I Desire

I must share with you this my favorite hymn. I haven't found a tune that quite fits it in my mind...perhaps some day. But for now I delight in reading these words, and thinking on Christ, who is "the treasure I desire". Let us pray to our Lord that the cry of this hymn writer's heart would be the cry of ours as well!

Christ is the Treasure I Desire

Jesus is all I wish or want,
For Him I pray, I thirst, I pant;
Let others after earth aspire,
Christ is the treasure I desire.

Possessed of Him, I ask no more
He is an all-sufficient store.
To praise Him all my powers conspire--
Christ is the treasure I desire.

If He His smiling face but hide
My soul no comfort has beside.
Distressed, I after Him inquire--
Christ is the treasure I desire.

And while my heart is racked with pain,
Jesus appears and smiles again.
Why should my Savior thus retire?
Christ is the treasure I desire.

Come, humble souls, and view His charms
Take refuge in His loving arms,
And sing, while you His worth admire,
"Christ is the Savior I desire!"

~author unknown (written in or before 1801)

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