Our hymn this week is a good reminder that God takes care of us through it all. We have chatted with the girls this week a bit more seriously than perhaps is normal since we have begun reading a couple of books with them during our devotional time. It has brought to us a bit more clearly just how much Jesus loves us.
He came to this earth. He lived a sinless life. Since the Bible tells us that Jesus experienced all the emotion and temptation that man does, I can only imagine just how difficult and weighty life must have been for Jesus. I don’t have the same temptations you do. But Jesus did. He had both yours AND mind AND everyone around us. Wow does Jesus love us!
He claimed me. And you. And anyone who will obey the will of the Father. (Matthew 7:21) In mercy, Jesus brought us out of our sin and shame. He lifted me out of the depths of despair, sin, and keeps me lifted. Even when I feel low, Jesus is holding me up.
I really was touched each time we sang the lines this week “He called me long before I heard, Before my sin-ful heart was stirred.” He didn’t wait to call me until I was ready. He called me and then wait on me to hear and respond. His grace is sufficient to lift me, to strengthen me, to be my strength.
Oh, praise His name, He lifted me!
In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came
words & music: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)
1 In loving-kindness Jesus came
my soul in mercy to reclaim,
and from the depths of sin and shame
through grace He lifted me.
From sinking sand He lifted me,
with tender hand He lifted me,
from shades of night to plains of light,
O praise His name, He lifted me!
2 He called me long before I heard,
before my sinful heart was stirred,
but when I took Him at His word,
forgiven, He lifted me. [Refrain]
3 His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
when from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
in love He lifted me. [Refrain]
4 Now on a higher plane I dwell,
and with my soul I know ’tis well;
yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me. [Refrain]