O Jesus I Have Promised

Author: John Ernest Bode

1. O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou for ever near me,
My master and my friend:
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my guide.

2. O let me feel Thee near me:
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear:
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3. O let me hear Thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me,
To hasten and control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.

4. O let me see Thy foot-marks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then in heaven receive me,
My saviour and my friend.

Our public domain music is courtesy of The NetHymnal™


35 Comments

  • Joan Sande says:

    Merry Christmas everyone and a prosperous New Year. Another year has rolled by. I thank the Lord for all the blessings I have received and for his guiding hand in my life. The Peace of Christ be with all the writers and readers and administration that make the PresbyCan Daily Devotional possible… Amen

  • Parise Aeakelian says:

    “Sing Praise To God Who Reigns Above” What a joyful hymn! These songs continue to bless me. Praise God!

  • Emmanson says:

    First time I heard this song, “When we all get to heaven”, I shed tears of joy. I imagine the atmosphere at His presence. Each time I meditate on this song it moves me to ever look up to that day. Nothing in this world will ever make me miss that day, when I will behold Him and probably ask Him to fully explain the depth of His for me and once again say thank you to my Redeemer.

  • Robert Norminton says:

    “There is a Happy Land” is a great little hymn, no longer heard. How many of us know that the funny song, “There is a boarding house, far, far away; where they serve ham and eggs three times a day”, came from this hymn?

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    The hymn, “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” is such a strong testimony of a God who loves us and gives us peace. Thanks for featuring the very best of sacred music. May God bless you as you provide these treasures every day.

  • Joan Sande says:

    Good morning; tis a wonderful new spring morning here in Sask. A little snow is falling but our temps are warming up. Thank you for “The Daily”, and all the writers that make it possible, it is my Daily. I also enjoy the lovely hymns you pick, especially the older ones from when I was a child. God bless . . .

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    “At The Cross” was a hymn I used to sing with my father in Armenian. When I heard it tonight it brought back those memories. However, when I tried to sing them now I had lost much of the words. I have committed to try to learn those words again. Thank you for featuring the old hymns.
    And thanks for your service to Him while providing them. God bless.

  • Stu McLean says:

    Would like to say how much I enjoy the beautiful worship music each day, and how it uplifts me for the upcoming day, truly refreshing !

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    “O Jesus I Have Promised” is such a stirring hymn of dedication. It describes how I feel about our Saviour, and my relationship with Him. Thanks for featuring it today. May God richly bless you.

  • Azalia Matheson says:

    How blessed we are that God has given us the beautiful gift of music to enjoy while we are here on earth. He, in His wisdom, knew that it would bring joy and peace to our lives and provide a melody within our hearts, often when they are broken. To those who write and play we must be so grateful. I am not one of them, but I do value their gift to the world.

  • Joan says:

    This was our teacher’s college hymn when I attended Hamilton teacher’s college over 40 years ago.
    It still remains one of my favourite hymns.

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    What a precious hymn!–My first time to hear it.
    The words are so true–He is mine forever, that’s for sure. Thank you for featuring it today. May God richly bless you.

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    Happy Canada Day to all my precious Canadian friends!

  • Dudu Madonsela says:

    The song is really a testimony my decree , but Verse 3 is absolutely a do for me. It talks about the real thing , the finishing line

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    This song, “One Day,” has been a favorite in my family for years. There is so much hope written here and our Lord’s sacrifice is so beautifully outlined. Thanks for featuring it today. God bless you all.

  • Babugura, Allen says:

    Behold the beauty of the poetry in the stanzas (especially the 4th)and praise the Lord for the bonus in the sweet music to the fine words!

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    The word, Hallelujah, in each verse denotes an expression of praise or joy.
    This is exactly how I felt, full of joy, as I listened to this hymn. Thanks for sharing it with us today.

  • Helen Gibson says:

    The month of May is a lonely month, so this month, “I need Thee every hour”, in loving memory of my loved ones. I love that old hymn. Thank you again for this wonderful site.

  • Jack Vallance says:

    JOY, JOY, JOY. For some time I have been unable to hear the music despite trying everything recommended.
    Today the music came on right away, and what a beautiful start to what is already a beautiful day.

  • Helen Gibson says:

    Good Sunday MORNING, I love this, when we all get to ,Heaven, Thank you for this wonderful site, It has helped me so much with the passing of my Husband and my two Son’s in the last three year’s, I come here in the morning and sometimes I think this was written for me .Keep up the good work,Have a blessed week, Helen Gibson Brampton on,

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    Thank you for introducing me to a new hymn today. “Look You Saints” took me through what I firmly believe: His name should be praised for how he suffered for our sin; then, proceeded onward to conquer death. For His victory we will one day spend eternal life with Him.

  • Bruce McCowan says:

    The second verse of Henry Milman’s hymn on this Palm Sunday will ring in my ears until I join the “winged squadrons of the sky” (verse three). “Ride on, ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die: O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin O’er captive death and conquered sin.” Thanks and praise be to God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Parise Arakelian says:

    These hymns continue to bless me tremendously. Thank you for all the work you do to bring us to our Lord with sheer joy and adoration each day.

  • Babugura, Allen says:

    Today, as in the recent passed, I have reflected on the varied human accomplishments ranging from great music to which the song, I am now listening to, belongs, to weapons of destruction to which a bomb, code-named Ivan, belongs.
    And a short prayer like ‘Lord, let it be the sound of sweet music around me and not the frightening noise of guns, Amen.’ has materialized.

  • Pius Ngoran says:

    Thanks for the song which reminds me of my secondary school days in the early 1970s, when Mrs Lake an American missionary taught us the song.
    Thanks
    Pius Ngoran
    Bamenda-Cameroon

  • Graham Johnson says:

    I’ve just listened and followed the words for the hymn ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.
    This is a timely reminder for me just to do that especially as life has presented me with a few challenges in recent days.
    God Bless you all and thank you for this ministry you so willingly give.

  • Joan Sande says:

    Good morning; thank you for this website, full of good news each and every day. Tks for the info regarding Robin’s Dad, Dr. John A. Ross, nice to hear a little history. Peace . . . 🙂 Amen!

  • Bruce McCowan says:

    The hymn today on Feb. 2nd which is entitled, “A Beautiful Life” was one that spoke to me of a fellow Christian who just this week passed on from this his earthly life. He walked with Jesus in a beautiful way. His gentleness, kindness and caring manner were matched by the manner in which he so steadfastly served our Lord with unselfish and sacrificial steps. May the music and words of these devotionals also serve to so stimulate us to walk with Jesus and so serve all of God’s creation, especially His people.

  • Dianna Royer says:

    I too enjoy starting each morning with these daily devotional. I sing along with the hymns or some times just read the words and take them in. Thank you all.
    God bless.

  • June Heale says:

    What a lovely old childhood hymn bringing back so many fond memories from the Presbyterian Church in Woodbridge where Robin’s Dad Dr. John A. Ross was my minister, & his mother Kay was organist for our choir. Thank you.

  • Lorra Paoletti says:

    I enjoy starting each morning with this daily devotional. Thank you to you all!
    God bless!
    Lorra

  • Evelyn Merriam Painter says:

    Thank you for the daily devotions and hymns. I look forward to this faith journey each day.
    In His Service

  • Michelle M Mohammed says:

    Good day, each morning I look forward to reading and well trying to sing the hymns. If not sing then just read and embrace the words which is just as inspirational as the devotions. and I do agree with Caro Wiles that the churches do not sing these hymns as much as they should and that is very sad. I am from Trinidad West Indies and I would like to wish all who makes these devotions and hymns possible to start my day positive.
    Thank you and may God Bless.

  • Caro Wiles says:

    I too enjoy singing along with the hymns each day .. many which sadly we do not get to sing in our churches today!
    I share them with a friend and we often comment on this aspect of the Daily along with the wonderful messages we have the privilege of receiving every day
    Thank you to all who make this possible

  • PHYLLIS HEMMONS says:

    Welcome back I for one am delighted to have you back and I love to sing along and appreciate the homilys. I’m fortunate to receive daily Blessings to all the hard workers

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