A Desire to Know Our Characters (John Jea)

John Jea

Lord, I desire for to know
How to serve my God below?
How to serve thee with my heart?
How to choose the better part?

This a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought–
Do I love the Lord or no?
Am I his, or am I not?

If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse
Who have never heard his name.

Could my heart so hard remain;
Never to cry to God within;
Every trifle give me pain;
If I knew a Saviour’s name?

When I turn my eyes within,
All is dark, and vain, and wild,
Fill’d with unbelief and sin;–
Can I deem myself a child?

O my God to thee I cry,
Save my soul from sin and hell!
Send the Spirit in my heart,
Bid my unbelief depart.

Conversations with God, ed. James Melvin Washington, p. 20

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