The lyrics to the song “I’d Rather Have Jesus” were written as a poem by Rhea F. Miller and later put to music by a twenty year old pastor’s son named George Beverly Shea in 1932. The words are still so stirring.
vs. 1) 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
And be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
vs. 2) I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause; I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause; I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; I’d rather be true to His holy name.
vs. 3) 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.
George Beverly Shea was the main gospel singer who ministered with Evangelist Billy Graham. In the Billy Graham Crusades, Shea has sung this song more than any other song. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Shea holds the world record for singing to the most people ever with a cumulative total of about 220 million people in the live audiences of the crusades. This is a beautiful old recording of Mr. Shea singing one of the most famous gospel songs of the modern age. Hope this blesses your Wednesday.