I'd Rather Have Jesus

Id rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
Id rather be His than have riches untold;
Id rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
Id rather be led by His nail pierced hand.

Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sins dread sway,
Id rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

Id rather have Jesus than mens applause;
Id rather be faithful to His dear cause;
Id rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
Id rather be true to His holy name.

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

Words by Rhea F. Miller, 1922
Public Domain
Music by George Beverly Shea

 Id 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, Id 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. Sheas mom heard him singing it and asked him to sing it at church the next day. Georges 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.

2-1-1909 ~ 4-13-2013

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