Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.@1 Peter 4:12-13
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Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908)

Rebecca E. Lee, 2014 (public domain).

I love reading stories of believers who faithfully endured persecution in Russia and Romania. I realize that their story could be mine as well because of the persecution coming to America. One day my heart was so full of longing to be used of my Savior that a song came to my mind. This song is an expression of the commitment I have made to Jesus.

Rebecca Lee, 2015

Adapted from Hiding in Thee by Ira D. Sankey, 1877 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Rebecca E. Lee (1995-)

’Tis only through suffering true life I may gain;
We find richest joy through the deepest of pain…
It’s not by our merit, but by His grace we grow
To be more like Jesus and more of Him know.

Refrain

More like my Jesus, this is my goal—
May zeal for the Gospel e’er grip my soul.

It’s not through great riches I gain my reward
Nor pleasing mere man for fear of the sword;
Instead I must conquer by God’s power divine,
And if I am faithful, Heav’n’s glories are mine.

Refrain

Lord Jesus, I love Thee, Thou showest the way;
Thou leadest from darkness to brightness of day!
Oh, ne’er shall I leave Thee, for faithful Thou art!
Thou art my true Conqueror, the Love of my heart!

Refrain

Soon I shall be with Thee, my hand joined in Thine,
My labors completed—Thy joy shall be mine;
Then how can I serve Thee if I cannot die
For my Savior’s sake until I have come nigh?

My life I offer, Lamb that was slain!
So I may gain Heaven through suffering and pain!