Scripture Verse

Speak, Lord; for Thy servant heareth. 1 Samuel 3:10

Introduction

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Josiah Carley
(1996–)

Words: Jo­si­ah Car­ley, 2011.

Music: Duns­mu­ir Jo­siah Carley, 2011 (🔊 pdf nwc).

It was a qui­et night, late in the ev­en­ing. Sit­ting down at my desk, I de­cid­ed to write a song ex­press­ing my fer­vent de­sire to hear the Sav­ior’s voice. Af­ter writ­ing one stan­za and set­ting it to mu­sic, I went out­side to have a few min­utes of peace­ful com­muni­on with the Lord. I gazed upon the moun­tains and the night sky; and, lift­ing my eyes toward hea­ven, softly sang the song I had just be­gun to write, for the first time. Over the next few days, I com­plet­ed the last two stan­zas.

Lyrics

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth;
Here I stand to do Thy will.
Ev’ry sin I have forsaken;
Come, and whisper through the still.
What is life without Thy presence,
Rest without Thy gentle word?
What is prayer without Thy Spirit,
Which the heart of men once stirred?

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth;
Speak the word, and I’ll obey.
Through Thy power I will serve Thee;
By my side forever stay.
Give me, Lord, I pray, Thy blessing;
Let Thy favor fall on me!
Grant me faith to claim Thy promise;
Life in Jesus full and free.

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth;
Teach me how to honor Thee.
Day by day, moment by moment,
Train my heart to feel Thy plea.
Oh to walk with Thee, my Savior,
Oh to grasp Thy nail-pierced hand!
Oh to live with Thee forever;
Lead me to the Promised Land.