I’d Rather Have Jesus ~ Hymn

I’d Rather Have Jesus

I’d rather have Jesus then silver or gold;
I’d rather be His then have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus then houses or lands;
I’d rather be lead by His nail pierced hands;

Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway,
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I’d rather be true to His holy name.

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out of the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs,
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

I just heard the history behind this old favorite hymn of mine and I wanted to share it with you. I sang this song for my final in an elementary voice class I took in college.

I’d Rather Have Jesus is a song written by Rhea F. Miller with the tune written by George Beverly Shea. This poem, written in 1922, was left on a piano in the Shea home by Bev Shea who wanted her son to find it and change the course of his life.

The words, I’d rather have Jesus, moved George so much and spoke to him about his own aims and ambitions in life. He sat down at the piano and began singing them with a tune that seemed to fit the words. Shea’s mom heard him singing it and asked him to sing it at church the next day.

George’s life direction did change. He was offered a popular music career with NBC, but a few years later chose to become associated with evangelist Billy Graham and sang this hymn around the world.

ht: All About God

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “I’d Rather Have Jesus ~ Hymn

  1. I love this song too! My fave part is when a vocalist belts out “than to be a king of a vast domain…” with choir back-up. I didn’t know the history of this song. Thanks for sharing it. And I haven’t heard this song in ages. Your post brought back some memories. Thanks again. I’m heading over to youtube to see if it’s there.

  2. Many, many times, the writing of a hymn text (or, as in this case, the composition of the tune) held special meaning for the creator. Often it was born out of a crisis situation, when God proved Himself to the individual in a special way. That is one thing that gives our traditional hymns their spiritual richness. And learning something of the background of these songs enriches our own experience in singing them. I invite you to visit my daily blog, Wordwise Hymns, where I tell something related to hymn history for each day of the year. God bless.

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