This morning in my humming around the words to this old hymn popped into my head. Sometimes I wonder why we enjoy certain hymns and songs, but not others. I suppose it’s often the style/meter of the music. Maybe it has a catchy tune, or an infectious chorus. For me, another kicker is if the words really say something. In that case I like to peruse the old, old hymns for something that hits home. This song is probably not the greatest hymn ever written, nor will it find itself among the favorites of very many lists. But the questions it raises over and over again demand an answer.

“Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart” by Leila N. Morris (1898)

If you are tired of the load of your sin,
Let Jesus come into your heart;
If you desire a new life to begin,
Let Jesus come into your heart.

Refrain

Just now, your doubtings give o’er;
Just now, reject Him no more;
Just now, throw open the door;
Let Jesus come into your heart.

If ’tis for purity now that you sigh,
Let Jesus come into your heart;
Fountains for cleansing are flowing nearby,
Let Jesus come into your heart.

Refrain

If there’s a tempest your voice cannot still,
Let Jesus come into your heart;
If there’s a void this world never can fill,
Let Jesus come into your heart.

Refrain

If you would join the glad songs of the blest,
Let Jesus come into your heart;
If you would enter the mansions of rest,
Let Jesus come into your heart.

Refrain    

[1956 edition, Baptist Hymnal, Hymn #230, attributed to “Mrs. C.H. Morris, 1862-1929”]

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