I Sought The Lord, And Afterward I Knew
The words of this Hymn express the glorious truth of God seeking out and regenerating those who were given to the Son for redemption. Grace!
I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek him, seeking me;
It was not I that found, O Savior true,
No, I was found of thee.
Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm—vexed sea,
’Twas not so much that I on thee took hold,
As thou, dear Lord, on me.
I find, I walk, I love, but, O the whole
Of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee;
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul,
Always thou lovedst me.
Anon., c. 1904