9 February 2018

Master, speak! Thy servant heareth

Master, speak! Thy servant heareth,
Waiting for Thy gracious word,
Longing for Thy voice that cheereth;
Master! let it now be heard.
I am listening, Lord, for Thee:
What hast Thou to say to me?
Lyrics:Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)
SASB song 775 (2015 edition)

Written on 19th May 1867 in Weston-super-Mare, the lyrics are based on the following passage:

1 Samuel 3:8-10 The Message (MSG)
God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! 
Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.”
That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” Samuel returned to his bed.
Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

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