Just recently I’ve expressed this deep passion for hymns. I never really was a fan for hymns because they seemed dated, and traditional, et cetera. I must confess that I’ve been wrong about them. Hymns are truly heartfelt, deep, impactful, and timeless. People hundreds of years ago expressed their worship and love to God through the hymns they wrote and they speak to people even today. I feel like some hymns need to be brought back to life again, and I feel the Lord is placing this desire in my heart to revive these unknown hymns through my modern day music. Last week I read a hymn written by James Procter called “In Jesus.” Procter was a self-confessed atheist who in vain lived his life with the belief of no God and leading others in that detriment. In his search for his purpose in life, he discovered that Jesus is the Savior and renounced an interest in Jesus Christ and gave his life to Him! What an amazing testimony written in this beautiful hymn “In Jesus.” Some of these hymns I read bring me to tears because of their heartfelt affection toward God. They speak to me so deeply that sometimes I can’t believe a man wrote such beautiful awe-inspiring words. I may never have the perfect words to write a song such as many of these reputable men and women but If God can use the humble and slow in speech to articulate his message then he can use me. Like Moses I find myself questioning God, “Who am I?” “I have never been eloquent , neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” But you see, the beauty of our frailties and insecurities define God’s strength in the midst of our inadequacies. He meets us there where we know we can’t do the rest without Him. I see this time and time again in my own life. He takes the stage, I’m just the mouth he so chooses to use when sometimes I don’t even know why. I’m so unworthy. I know that every time I am used to for His glory it’s not in my strength it’s all Jesus. He takes the glory because I am but dust and ashes if it were not his breath of life that breathed in my veins and revived my soul. When I am weak He is strong! I hope as you are reading this blog you are encouraged to drink up in the goodness of our Lord. Offer up your life to Him as broken bread and poured out wine into this world. He will meet you there!
In Christ Love,
Here’s the hymn by James Procter,
I've tried in vain a thousand ways
My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;
But what I need, the Bible says,
Is ever, only Jesus.
My soul is night, my heart is steel
I cannot see, I cannot feel;
For light, for life, I must appeal
In simple faith to Jesus.
He died, He lives, He reigns, He pleads;
There's love in all His words and deeds;
There's all a guilty sinner needs
Forevermore in Jesus.
Tho' some should sneer, and some should blame,
I'll go with all my guilt and shame;
I'll go to Him because His Name,
Above all names, is Jesus.