June 18, 2021

I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go

"I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go"

"I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go" was published in 1899 and has been popular with Christians ever since.

The text was written by a Baptist named Mary Brown (1856-1918), and has a missionary focus. "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go" is often sung at missionary farewells and expresses a desire to serve the Lord wherever and whenever.

Shortly after receiving Brown's text, Carrie E. Rounsefell (1861-1930) composed the music using an instrument called a zither. Rounsefell was known as a sing­ing evan­gel­ist through­out New Eng­land and New York.

A traditional hymn, this song embodies the faith of a true servant of the Lord-willing to alter plans, give up worldly goods, and travel to the far corners of the earth to do the Lord's bidding.

I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go (Lyrics)

It may not be on the mountain height
Or over the stormy sea,
It may not be at the battle's front
My Lord will have need of me.
But if, by a still, small voice he calls
To paths that I do not know,
I'll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine:
I'll go where you want me to go.

(Chorus)
I'll go where you want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain or plain or sea;
I'll say what you want me to say, dear Lord;
I'll be what you want me to be.

Perhaps today there are loving words
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now in the paths of sin
Some wand'rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if thou wilt be my guide,
Tho dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet:
I'll say what you want me to say.

(Chorus)

There's surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth's harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life's short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I'll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I'll be what you want me to be.

(Chorus)