O Master, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret, help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.
Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.
Teach me Thy patience; still with Thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.
In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broad’ning way,
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With Thee, O Master, let me live.
Washington Gladden, 1879
Read Matthew 20:25-28
(A servant’s life is not a popular one. When we were kids, I’d guess none of us listed that as what we wanted to be when we grew up. But Jesus gives servants the highest regard when He identifies with them. That should be enough for us to pray, “Master, let me walk with Thee. Let me learn and serve alongside You.” May God give us a servant’s heart.)
Incidentally, the author of this hymn, Washington Gladden, even though he was a servant was not afraid to mix it up with the rich and powerful including New York City political machine under Boss Tweed and even John D. Rockefeller. You can read more about him at hymnary.org
Here’s another assignment for servants. Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim