This hymn was penned in 1866 by the “Prince of Scottish Hymn Writers”, Horatius Bonar. A minister of North Paris Church in Kelso, Bonar spent his free time jotting down poems and rhymes for the children’s Sunday School class, as he saw a great need for lively songs for them to sing in Sunday School.
This hymn of his I’m featuring today was originally titled “Life’s Praise”, which is a great title since that’s exactly what this song describes–speaking and living out praises to God.
I first heard of this hymn and read a short bio of Horatius Bonar from “Then Sings My Soul: Book 3” By Robert J. Morgan.
Fill Thou my life, O Lord my God, in every part with praise,
That my whole being may proclaim Thy being and Thy ways.
Not for the lip of praise alone, nor for the praising heart;
I ask Thee for a life made up of praise in every part.
Praise in the common things of life, its goings out and in;
Praise in each duty and each deed, however small and mean.
Fill every part of me with praise: let all my being speak
Of Thee and of Thy love, O Lord, poor though I be, and weak.
So shalt Thou, Lord, from even me receive the glory due;
And so shall I begin on earth the song forever new.
So shall each fear, each fret, each care be turned into a song,
And every winding of the way the echo shall prolong.
So shall no part of day or night from sacredness be free;
But all my life, in every step, be fellowship with Thee.