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Fairest Lord Jesus ~ hymn

Calming, beautiful, peaceful – these are all emotions that come with this hymn when I think of, hear, or sing it. This is a gentle hymn that brings us to the basics of our relationship with God.

The second phrase says “ruler of all nature.” That is who Jesus is – the ruler of all. Not just a portion. Not just a piece. But all. You and I are part of that all. When we recognize this, there is nothing to be done except to cherish and honor this ruler of all.

We see the meadows mentioned, the woodlands. These are lovely and beautiful but Jesus is fairer, purer. Even when they are covered with the beautiful, gorgeous colors of springtime. Jesus is more beautiful and we should recognize that. He offers us so much more than this world ever could. Jesus’ beauty is not in color or something physical we can touch. It is in the beauty of the freedom we have from sin when we are in Him.

Even the sunshine and moonlight, which are mentioned in Genesis as being placed in the heavens by God to rule over the day and the night, are not as bright or as pure as Jesus. No matter what has been created, Jesus is the fairest, the most beautiful, the brighter, and the most pure of all.

Of All Nature. Nothing is above Jesus. And so we honor him. We cherish him. We share his love with others and wait until we are blessed to see him in heaven with the angels.

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Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus

text: anonymous (Germany), 1662
music: unknown

1 Fairest Lord Jesus,
ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2 Fair are the meadows,
fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3 Fair is the sunshine,
fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

 

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Tell It To Jesus Alone ~ hymn

Tell It To Jesus Alone

When do you talk with Jesus? What do you tell him?

This one rang true with me. There are so many things these days that we tend to tell everyone but the one who really needs to hear them – Jesus. He is the one who can best help your downheartedness. Jesus can lift troubles or hold you up through them. Jesus can share his joy and peace and gladness. Jesus can remove that bitterness and jealousy from your heart.

In James 5:13 and following, we are told to go to Jesus, to pray, about the things in our lives, the good and the bad. God knows. But we are still told to pray. Matthew 7:11 tells us that God listens to those who ask him. We are to pray to the Father and he will give us good gifts. Matthew 6:32 reminds us that God knows what we need. The following verses remind us, though, to put the kingdom of God first and the rest will follow. So place your focus where it needs to be.

To get your focus right, what do you need to tell to Jesus? He is the one, the only one, who has every tool in the box to help you. Tell it to Jesus alone and let Him assist. No one else can do what He can. But he asks us to tell him. Not because he doesn’t already know but because it is a way for us to show our dependence on Him and our obedience to him. We obey because we love him and so we ask him, we tell him.

Tell it to Jesus alone.

Blessings,
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Tell It To Jesus Alone

lyrics: Jeremiah E. Rankin (1867)
music: E. S. Lorenz (1876)

1 Are you weary, are you heavyhearted?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

Chorus:
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a friend that’s well-known;
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.

2 Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

[Chorus]

3 Do you fear the gath’ring clouds of sorrow?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

[Chorus]

4 Are you troubled at the thought of dying?
Tell it to Jesus,
Tell it to Jesus;
For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

[Chorus]

We Have An Anchor ~ hymn

Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. 

We Have An Anchor 2

What do you think of when you think of an anchor? Do you think of that little piece of metal that small fishing boats use? Or do you think of one that can hold a naval carrier?

I intentionally think of one like those on a naval carrier. They are huge! They are so big and so heavy. 60,000 pounds heavy, according to the Navy website and an article I read.

God, through Jesus, is our anchor, isn’t he? Is he that big in your heart and mind? Do you recognize the power he has over everything? Nothing is going to move that anchor.

Nothing – not the storms of life. Not strife. Not strong tides. The billows will not move an anchor as big and strong and firm as God. Steadfast and sure. This is my God. Through it all.

Is he your God? Will you allow Him to be your anchor?

Blessings,
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We Have An Anchor

lyrics: Priscilla J. Owens (1882)
music: William J. Kirkpatrick (1882)

1 Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain? Refrain

Refrain:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

2 It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine. Refrain
3 It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow. Refrain
4 It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil. Refrain

Jesus Is All The World To Me

Today was one of those mixed kind of days – lots of good and plenty of frustration. There is something about changing weather that changes attitudes. I am not immune to this. My attitude changes when the weather changes. My girls’ attitudes change when the weather changes. And frustrations seem to multiply. But, this song was running through my head. And what a peace it brings to my heart.

Jesus is my friend. He is always with me. He is the one I cry out to when my frustrations overwhelm and he strengthens me. He brings gladness back to my life when I have lost sight of the good. He walks with me through difficulties and frustrations. He blesses my life here on this earth. Even better, I have eternal life and eternal joy with Him coming when these “fleeting days shall end,”

I do love the pep and spirit of this hymn and the joy it reminds me of on days like today when the darkness tries to creep in and strangle the good out of the day. Hymns like this help me reclaim the promises of Christ and place my focus back on Him.

Blessings,
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Jesus Is All The World To Me

Jesus Is All The World To Me

lyrics and music: Will L Thompson (1904)

1 Jesus is all the world to me,
my life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
without Him I would fall:
when I am sad, to Him I go;
no other one can cheer me so;
when I am sad, He makes me glad;
He’s my friend.

2 Jesus is all the world to me,
my friend in trials sore;
I go to Him for blessings,
and He gives them o’er and o’er:
He sends the sunshine and the rain,
He sends the harvest’s golden grain;
sunshine and rain, harvest of grain;
He’s my friend.

3 Jesus is all the world to me,
and true to Him I’ll be;
oh, how could I this friend deny
when He’s so true to me?
Following Him, I know I’m right,
He watches o’er me day and night;
Following Him, by day and night;
He’s my friend.

4 Jesus is all the world to me,
I want no better friend;
I trust Him now, I’ll trust Him when
Life’s fleeting days shall end:
beautiful life with such a friend,
beautiful life that has no end;
eternal life, eternal joy;
He’s my friend.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness ~ hymn

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

This morning’s lesson was on faith. I am really enjoying our current series that is looking at promises from the Old Testament and where they are fulfilled or reiterated in the New Testament. Today, our preacher took us to Habakkuk. I know – not a place I have spent a lot of time but I am going to this week. What a beautiful discussion this prophet has with God! And in it, God shows him how faithful he is and will be.

God is always faithful, even when we don’t see or feel it. While it is wonderful to be the recipient of that huge, big gift (life reclaimed, death averted, danger avoided), we are all receiving the gift of faithfulness is a thousand little ways each day. God grants us so much! From his unchanging stance beside and before us, to his strength in holding back the evil one, God is faithful to those he holds dear. And aren’t each of us his children? Wouldn’t he do this for each of his children?

Whether you are looking off the edge of a cliff today or are standing on solid ground, look at our Lord and remember just how great his faithfulness is.

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Listen to this hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, sung by a congregation of the Lord’s church on the Oklahoma Christian Univeristy site.

Here is the group Acappella singing this hymn.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

lyrics: Thomas Chisholm (1923)
music: William Runyan (1923)

Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Though changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Refrain

Pardon for Sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain

Savior, Grant Me Rest and Peace – hymn

Savior Grant Me Rest and Peace

All too often, we spent our days without the calm and peace that should envelope the life of one who believe in Christ. Because of Christ, we have rest. We have peace. The lyrics of this hymn speak to the life we should be filled with – “Let my troubled dreams cease.”

If I am honest, all too often I say “all is well” while worry and wondering and pondering in my heart. That doesn’t mean that sadness does not, or should not, pay me a visit. But I should be truly say “all is well.” As the end of the first stanza says, please, Lord, “Teach my heart that all is well.”

If I truly trust in God, I should not be dwelling on my “cares and worries.” I will have them but those cares and worries will not dictate the joy of my heart if I have trusted my all to God.

This hymn just really spoke a peace to me, not only in the gentle, flowing melody. But also in the lyrics that reminded me that God is my rest and my peace. As you listen or read through the lyrics today, may you be reminded that God is YOUR rest and peace and let him teach you that “all is well.”

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Savior, Grant Me Rest and Peace

lyrics: Lucinda M. Beal Bateman (1877)
music: J. H. Fillmore (1877)

Savior, grant me rest and peace,
Let my troubled dreamings cease;
With the chiming midnight bell,
Teach my heart that “all is well.”

I would trust my all with Thee,
All my cares and sorrows flee,
Till the breaking light shall tell
Night is past, and “all is well.”

I would seek Thy service, Lord,
Leaning on They promise-word;
Let my hourly labors tell
I am Thine, and “all is well.”

Amen.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – hymn

Sometimes I just need a reminder that God is ever present, always by my side, and fighting for me. I just need to let Him. But that is my failing – I have a hard time letting him. I am human and have this desire to control whatever I can. I forget that I cannot control life, that God CAN and DOES control life.

I was talking with my Bible class student this morning about God handling things. I told them confidently that God handles all that I need him to plus all the things I don’t even know about that he is handling. God takes care of it. For each and every person. Not just me.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

 

So, why do I forget that protection? That “fortress” that He is?

 

This hymn reminds me. God is that protection around me. It doesn’t stop every possible bad thing but God takes me through it, to whatever the other side is. He is walking me through the mission he has set out for me. So why, if he has sent me on this mission, do I not trust Him to take me to the other side?

I will not fear. God does not give me fear. He gives me strength. Through him, I will be cared for. And, in the end, God’s kingdom reigns.

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

lyrics and music: Martin Luther (1529); translator – Frederick H Hedge (1852)

1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4 That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever!

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