We have started our the new year with a new start for our homeschool day. We begin with a hymn. One hymn that we focus on for the week. We will be using a hymn study book that has the background of the writing of the lyrics and/or music. We are also reading and trying to memorize the accompanying scripture and reading a daily devotional.
This week, our song has been Rescue the Perishing. The song has been heard many, many times during the week, hummed, sung, whistled, mumbled, whatever. But the song has been in our hearts and minds this week and that was a part of the goal – getting us singing (which we love to do) and focusing on God. Starting out the day in joy.
Rescue the Perishing was picked randomly but it is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Fanny Crosby is the lyricist and in the book, it quoted a story by her about this song. She had been asked to write a song on rescuing the lost and it was in her mind while she was speaking. She talked about it a bit and told her audience that if they had wandered from home, they needed to return. Afterwards, a young man came forward and told her he was going home. The words for the song rushed to her that night.
It made me think about how powerful our words can be. Am I paying attention to the words I use? Am I thinking of others and helping them? Do I realize that I could rescue someone just by the words I choose? I need to be more mindful, more prayerful. If I am, perhaps I can “snatch them . . . from sin and the grave.” I need to do exactly what the songs says “weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.”
Words are powerful. Jesus will save.
Rescue The Perishing
words: Fanny J. Crosby, 1869
music: William H. Doane
1 Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing,
care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,
Jesus will save.
2 Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
waiting the penitent child to receive;
plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently.
He will forgive if they only believe. [Refrain]
3 Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
chords that are broken will vibrate once more. [Refrain]
4 Rescue the perishing, duty demands it.
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
back to the narrow way patiently win them,
tell the poor wanderer a Savior has died. [Refrain]