“TEACH ME TO DO THY WILL”
NEARLY 400 years ago Vaughan wrote:
“I would I were some bird or star
Fluttering in woods or lifted far
Above this inn
And road of sin.
Then either star or bird should be
Shining or singing still to Thee.”
But he had to live the common life in a difficult world, and so have we. I have often noticed that just when we feel most like saying, “I would I were”, our God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, meets us with some plain command which pulls us up sharply, and makes us face this eternal truth: We are not here to wish to be somewhere or something we are not, but to do the thing that pleases Him exactly where we are, and as we are.
So out “I would I were” becomes Cause me to hear…; cause me to know…; teach me to do Thy will. And should the heart within us fear as we face that way again, instantly the blessed word revives us, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee”. “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
Psalm 143:10. Isa. 41:10. Phil. 2.13.
Thou Givest, They Gather
bold emphasis mine