O search my heart its depths I pray,
Reveal each wicked sin;
The quarrels and hates that all betray,
The love of Christ within.
O cleanse my heart and make it pure,
Each thought that’s not of Thee;
Let love for Christ o’er power and cure,
My heart a sanctuary.
O rule my heart with sovereign power,
Subdue and drive out sin;
My mind control, Your grace take o’er,
And Jesus’ love to win.
O Holy Ghost within in me dwell,
My heart Your lodging place;
Send Satan’s thoughts right back to hell,
Anoint me with Your grace.
(Tune: Martyrdom; Sawley; Lloyd; CM)
(© James R Hamilton – Written Wednesday, 14th, April, 2004)