"We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought" A hymn of confession of our sins and praise of the saving work of Christ and sanctifying work or the Holy Spirit.
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought”

"We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought" A hymn of confession of our sins and praise of the saving work of Christ and sanctifying work or the Holy Spirit.In Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

Each Monday, I share a song from history or present-day that presents a high view of God, praises Him, and teaches solid doctrine. I hope you find these posts encouraging and edifying.

We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought

by Thomas Benson Pollock (1889)

We have not known Thee as we ought,
Nor learned thy wisdom, grace and pow’r;
The things of earth have filled our thought,
And trifles of the passing hour.
Lord, give us light Thy truth to see,
And make us wise in knowing Thee.

"We Have Not Known Thee As We Ought" A hymn of confession of our sins and praise of the saving work of Christ and sanctifying work or the Holy Spirit.We have not feared Thee as we ought,
Nor bowed beneath Thine awful eye,
Nor guarded deed, and word, and thought,
Remembering that God was nigh.
Lord, give us faith to know Thee near,
And grant the grace of holy fear.

We have not loved Thee as we ought,
Nor cared that we are loved by Thee;
Thy presence we have coldly sought,
And feebly longed Thy face to see.
Lord, give a pure and loving heart
To feel and know the love Thou art.

We have not served Thee as we ought;
Alas! the duties left undone,
The work with little fervor wrought,
The battles lost, or scarcely won!
Lord, give the zeal, and give the might,
For Thee to toil, for Thee to fight.

When shall we know Thee as we ought,
And fear, and love, and serve aright!
When shall we, out of trial brought,
Be perfect in the land of light?
Lord, may we day by day prepare
To see Thy face and serve Thee there.

Amen.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

 

  • I’d never head of this hymn! It’s humbling and convicting. Thank you!

  • Amanda Bowers

    Lovely hymn! I homeschool my children and we often recite hymns as part of our recitations! Your blog should come in helpful this year!!

    • Aw. Thanks. 😀 What a great way to help your kids learn doctrine. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing. This hymn is new to me.

  • Another one I like especially the lyrics.

  • Christian Stress Mgt

    The title itself is convicting and each of the verses is convicting and some of the verses convicted me of something. I have never heard of it before but I am grateful that you have shared these words.

  • I love the old hymns. Thank you for sharing this one. I had never heard of it before.

  • Cindy

    What a lovely hymn! I’ve never heard it before but I love the lyrics. So true, so convicting! I love the old hymns, this is beautiful!

  • This old hymn is new to me. I like the verse about not fearing the Lord as we ought. A good reminder that He is to be feared because of His holiness. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.