I’d Rather Have Jesus


I’d rather have Jesus…


I'd rather have Jesus

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather 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.

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

original attributed to Oscar C.A. Bernadotte, 1888

rewritten by Rhea F. Miller in 1922

Let the Amen Collection
I loved this hymn growing up.  I remember my dad playing it on the guitar, and it always being a top choice when we would have family get togethers and sing hymns around the piano. 
This painting depicts a lily to represent the line in this song, “He is fairer than lilies of rarest bloom”
What I love about this song is the message that Jesus is better than life.  It’s sometimes a hard thing to believe…or a hard truth to make it from head to heart. 
This song is another echo of one of my favorite verses, Psalm 63:3:
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in you I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips, my mouth will praise you” 
  • There are various size prints available for this artwork, as well as one original.  See the drop down menu for sizing options
  • Prints of artwork are printed on medium texture, cold press watercolor paper.
  • Both the original art and prints do not come framed

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5"x7", 8"x10", 9"x12", 11"x14"

Artwork type

Original, Print