May the Mind of Christ My Savior

Dr. Hudson T. Armerding’s A Word to the Wise (Tyndale 1980) was published to bring wisdom and encouragement to fellow Christians everywhere. In the following excerpt he shares some of the wisdom gathered over fifteen years as college president:

Singing hymns together has long been traditional for both congregation and graduates at the annual Baccalaureate Service of Wheaton College. However, in 1968 the printed program carried the words of the beautiful hymn written by Kate B. Wilkinson entitled “May the Mind of Christ My Savior.” Then serving in his third year as president of the college, Dr. Hudson T. Armerding selected this hymn because of the meaningful content of its words for all committed believers –but particularly for young people, who have so much potential. Every year since then, with concurrence by the officers of each graduating class, this hymn has appeared in the printed program for the [Commencement Services]…These are the words that have stirred the hearts of many on those occasions…

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and pow’r controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His pow’r.

May the peace of God, my Father,
Rule my life in everything,
That I may he calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me,
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him. Amen.

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