February 6

The Hymn That Can Change Your Life: “I’d Rather Have Jesus”

The Hymn That Can Change Your Life: “I’d Rather Have Jesus” 1

If you have done unpleasant deeds in the past or if you feel miserable then it’s never too late to change the course of your life, you can start now by listening to the hymn “I’d Rather Have Jesus”.

All throughout our existence, we make good conducts and inappropriate as well. We are humans and we tend to make mistakes. Those mistakes affect our behaviors, the way we deal with people, and decisions in life. Most of the time we are hurt and we are likely to hurt others. But with the guidance of the lord, we can still straighten our choices out, be better human beings, and make our lives better.

The Story…

“I’d Rather Have Jesus” is a song written by Rhea F. Miller. For Swedish sources, they attribute the original to Prince Oscar. On the other hand, it was a poem written in 1922 that was accompanied by the tune of George Beverly Shea.

Moreover, The poem was left on a piano in the Shea home by Bev Shea. This is because she wanted her son to change the course of his life. George found the poem and was moved by the phrase “I’d Rather Have Jesus”. They then had a conversation about George’s aims and ambitions in life. Furthermore, George sat down at the piano and began singing the lyrics with a melody that fits every word. George’s mother requested him to sing it at the church.

Indeed, George’s life directions did change. With God’s blessings, NBC offered him a popular music career, but a few years later, George chose to sing his songs with Evangelist Billy Graham around the world.

The Lyrics…

I’d rather…

..have Jesus than silver or gold;
..be His than have riches untold;
..have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I’d rather…

..have Jesus than men’s applause;
..be faithful to His dear cause;
..have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name


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

The Lesson…

Praise God for the creative lines of Rhea Miller and the love and support of Bev Shea. Because of them, George tailed Jesus and sanctified with the fruit.

For us, this can be a good example of changing our path and going to the correct directions. We just need to have faith and believe in the power of God.

The song was covered by Alison Krauss.

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