May 2010

Music and Faith have long been refuges for me. One of my favorite Hymns combines the two.  The point: Jesus provides for us a melody that corrects all of the discord in our lives caused by our attempts to make our own arrangements. So, let’s sing,

  1. There’s within my heart a melody
    Jesus whispers sweet and low,
    Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,
    In all of life’s ebb and flow.

    • Refrain:
      Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
      Sweetest Name I know,
      Fills my every longing,
      Keeps me singing as I go.
  2. All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
    Discord filled my heart with pain,
    Jesus swept across the broken strings,
    Stirred the slumb’ring chords again.
  3. Feasting on the riches of His grace,
    Resting ’neath His shelt’ring wing,
    Always looking on His smiling face,
    That is why I shout and sing.
  4. Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,
    Trials fall across the way,
    Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
    See His footprints all the way.
  5. Soon He’s coming back to welcome me,
    Far beyond the starry sky;
    I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,
    I shall reign with Him on high.

These words by Luther Bridgers speak to me on two levels–first, just the whisper of the voice of Jesus catapults my heart to singing. And then, that second verse–“Jesus swept across the broken strings/Stirred the slumb’ring chords again”



[Readers, I am going to try again to jump-start my blogging (a good way to get me out of FB and back into creative-land). I’m going to try a new weekly post that will highlight hymns that speak volumes. The idea is not really my own. I must admit to being inspired by a few minutes of “Chris Fabry Live” on Moody Radio that I happened to catch a few days ago. Fabry and his guest were discussing (and entertaining callers who joined the discussion) the depth of hymns. It seems I often turn around and am inspired by the word-smithing done by the great hymn writers throughout church history. Feel free to join in with your own favorite hymn lines in the comment section.]

For our inaugural hymn in the “Weekly Hymn Sing” I have chosen a hymn that was introduced to me while I served on a foreign mission field. The words are old, the tune I learned is relatively new–I found an older hymnal with the original words and music  (vintage 19th century). The newer tune speaks greater to me; but the words are powerful:

Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting (words by Jean Sophia Pigott; 1845-1882)

  1. Jesus! I am resting, resting
    In the joy of what Thou art;
    I am finding out the greatness
    Of Thy loving heart.
    Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
    And Thy beauty fills my soul,
    For, by Thy transforming power,
    Thou hast made me whole.

    • Jesus! I am resting, resting
      In the joy of what Thou art;
      I am finding out the greatness
      Of Thy loving heart.
  2. Oh, how great Thy loving kindness,
    Vaster, broader than the sea:
    Oh, how marvelous Thy goodness,
    Lavished all on me!
    Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved,
    Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
    Know Thy certainty of promise,
    And have made it mine.
  3. Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
    I behold Thee as Thou art,
    And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
    Satisfies my heart,
    Satisfies its deepest longings,
    Meets, supplies its every need,
    Compasseth me round with blessings,
    Thine is love indeed.
  4. Ever lift Thy face upon me,
    As I work and wait for Thee;
    Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
    Earth’s dark shadows flee.
    Brightness of my Father’s glory,
    Sunshine of my Father’s face,
    Keep me ever trusting, resting,
    Fill me with Thy grace.

Some contemporary artists and worship leaders have come across this wonderful hymn and updated the music, so choose the tune that best suits you and sing out loud. As you do, consider the beauty of the language of verse three especially–“satisfies my heart/Satisfies its deepest longings/Meets, supplies its every need/Compasseth me round with blessings”. Language that we don’t commonly use today, but says so much more than “surrounds me with comfort”, don’t you think?