My Lord, I Did Not Choose You

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People often talk about God’s sovereignty in salvation as if it were a theoretical, theological debate. This hymn is so refreshing, because it puts this Biblical truth into its proper context. Knowing that God is sovereign in my salvation sets me free to worship him. Instead of constantly evaluating where I stand with God based on what I’ve done, I can marvel at what Jesus has done to secure my salvation.

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My Lord, I did not choose You,
For that could never be;
My heart would still refuse You,
Had You not chosen me.

You took the sin that stained me,
You cleansed me, made me new;
Of old You have ordained me,
That I should live in You.

Chorus:
My Lord, I did not choose You,
For that could never be;
My heart would still refuse You,
Had You not chosen me.

Unless Your grace had called me
And taught my opening mind,
The world would have enthralled me,
To heavenly glories blind.

My heart knows none above You;
For Your rich grace I thirst;
I know that if I love You,
You must have loved me first.

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from All I Owe, released November 7, 2006
Words: Josiah Conder
Music: Matthew S. Smith
©2006 Detuned Radio Music (ASCAP)

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Matthew Smith Nashville, Tennessee

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He finds beauty exploring the tension between joy and sorrow, between the Already and the Not Yet.

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