When you need a refreshing moment with God, what do you do? Do you pray? Do you read God’s word? Do you sing? The appeal of this hymn to me is the picture of what one chose to do when he began struggling. He sought God, in thought. He looked to the images of Christ and the love he had for you and me. Those images – in the garden where tears flowed in anguish, on Calvary where he suffered unfathomable pain, the cross where He was nailed and died, the resurrection and triumph of life over death – those images bring us a deeper appreciation of our own worth to God.
Christ went through death so that I might live. My response then should to be to love all the more – to love Christ more, to love man more, to love life more – that I might share that with those around me. Christ doesn’t want anyone to suffer but he wants all to come to repentance and to be brought to heaven at judgement day. My life, lived in service to God, can help in that. This hymn reminds me of that.
You can listen to it on In Search of the Lord’s Way by clicking on the play arrow next to the title.
When My Love To Christ Grows Weak
lyrics: John Reynell Wreford (1837)
music: various tunes; one I am familiar with: Phoebe Palmer Knapp (1908)
1 When my love to Christ grows weak,
When for deeper faith I seek,
Then in thought I go to thee,
Garden of Gethsemane.
2 When my love for man grows weak,
When for stronger faith I seek,
Hill of Calvary, I go
To the scenes of fear and woe.
3 There behold His agony,
Suffered on the bitter tree;
See His anguish, see His faith,
Love triumphant still in death.
4 Then to life I turn again,
Learning all the worth of pain,
Learning all the might that lies
In a full self-sacrifice.