Scripture Verse

May they who love You be like the sun. Judges 5:31

Introduction

Words: Nel­lie Tal­bot. Rack­ing her brain for ma­te­ri­al for her Sun­day school class in ru­ral Mis­sou­ri, she thought to her­self, How can you say there’s no­thing to teach about when you have the sun and the sky and the trees and the flow­ers! Hence the theme of this song.

Music: Ed­win O. Ex­cell, 1900 (🔊 pdf nwc). He de­di­cat­ed this song to his grand­son, Ed­win O. Ex­cell, Jr.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Tal­bot (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Edwin O. Excell
1851–1921

Lyrics

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
To shine for Him each day;
In every way try to please Him,
At home, at school, at play.

Refrain

A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam;
A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.

Jesus wants me to be loving,
And kind to all I see;
Showing how pleasant and happy
His little one can be.

Refrain

I will ask Jesus to help me
To keep my heart from sin,
Ever reflecting His goodness,
And always shine for Him.

Refrain

I’ll be a sunbeam for Jesus;
I can if I but try;
Serving Him moment by moment,
Then live with Him on high.

Refrain