A Hymn on Work by Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley’s “Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go” is a great hymn relating to our work:

Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labor to pursue;
thee, only thee, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
in all my works thy presence find,
and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,
whose eyes mine inmost substance see,
and labor on at thy command,
and offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thy easy yoke,
and every moment watch and pray,
and still to things eternal look,
and hasten to thy glorious day.

For thee delightfully employ
whate’er thy bounteous grace hath given;
and run my course with even joy,
and closely walk with thee to heav’n.

You can hear the tune on Youtube.


Topics: Worship

About the Author

Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement with his brother, John. He is especially known for writing more than 6,000 hymns. For a look at the Wesleyan contributions to and perspectives on faith and work, seeĀ How God Makes the World a Better Place: A Wesleyan Primer on Faith, Work, and Economic Transformation.