Have Thine Own Way (Hymn)

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalms 139:23-24

In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:8

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the LORD came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:1-6

Have Thine Own Way Lyrics

VERSE 1
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Thou art the potter I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting yielded and still

VERSE 2
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Search me and try me Master today
Whiter than snow Lord wash me just now
As in Thy presence humbly I bow

VERSE 3
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Hold over my being absolute sway
Filled with Thy spirit till all can see
Christ only always living in me

Words and Music by Adelaide A. Pollard and George C. Stebbins © Public Domain

Story about this hymn

Inspired by the potter imagery in Jeremiah 18:6 and Isaiah 64:8, Adelaide A. Pollard wrote this sung prayer for consecration to God’s will in our lives.

Periodically distressed after being unable to raise money to go to Africa as a missionary in the late 1890s, Adelaide A. Pollard (b. Bloomfield, IA, 1862; d. New York, NY, 1934) attended a prayer meeting in 1902 and was inspired after hearing an older woman pray, “It really doesn’t matter what you do with us, Lord–just have your way with our lives.” Pollard went home and meditated on the potter’s story in Jeremiah 18 (the same image is also in Isa. 64:8) and wrote the conse­cration hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord.” Repeating the words “Have thine own way,” each stanza emphasizes the believer’s harmony with God’s will. This is a deeply personal prayer that culminates in a strong plea that others may see Christ in the believer through the power of the Holy Spirit (st. 4).

Bert Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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