Jesus Loves Me this I know,
For the Bible Tells me So
Little Ones to Him Belong
They are weak but He is Strong.
“Jesus Loves Me” was a poem written back around 1860. It was a poem written in a Novel called Say and Seal by Susan Warner and used to comfort and dying child in the setting. It was simplistic and quite profound. It was the favorite hymn of one of America’s finest Biblical Scholars named Francis Schaeffer. He realized that the simple truth conveyed in this song applied to the intellectual adult as well as the youngest child who could comprehend the comfort of a hug. Also the great Irish missionary to India, Amy Carmichael, was converted to Christ after hearing this hymn at a children’s mission in Yorkshire, England.
Sometimes the most simplest of things can convey the most profound.
Preach the Gospel all the Time. Use Words because they are necessary.
I learned about some of this tonight while driving home from Dayton, Ohio. I was listening to an audio series that Focus on the Family puts out called Adventures in Odyssey. I am always amazed at some of the things we can learn in some of the strangest places.
(Mat 18:1) At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
(Mat 18:2) And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them
(Mat 18:3) and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat 18:4) Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Be Very Encouraged, Jesus Loves us!
Just thought this was interesting and I was blessed knowing that something so simple can be so profound. Sometimes I complicate things more than they need to be. Oh that I had eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit says to the church. It would definitely ring loudly with his Word and the simplicity found in Christ.
When one awakes the hero life is good
To hug the down and out and not play a fool
Reaching and holding those who because of hurt repel
Just trying to eliminate and dispel
The disease and fodder from war of the soul
On which the dark one seems to have a hold
But there is the light that is more powerful
And it is more wonderful and dismisses the sorrowful
Its power is as the light overcoming darkness
Chasing away the putrid heartlessness
As the sun comes over the horizon
It kills all of that horrid poison
Giving a Loving Hug is a wonderful Thing
Getting a Loving Hug …. Well,… is healing in His Wings
Malachi 4:2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. English Standard Version
I am stealing this from my Pastor James Faris since I uploaded the sermon. Anyways here is a very cool partial blog he did and the sermon that he preached on this.
You can read the whole blog post here. http://gentlereformation.org/2011/12/22/the-psalter-smart-phone-of-the-soul/#comment-3677
Be very Encouraged,
Apple used to use that catchy phrase “there’s an app for that.” Need to send flowers to mom? there’s an app for that. Need to know the name of the constellation of stars in the sky overhead? There’s an app for that. Need supper? There’s an app for that.
Well, whatever your circumstance of life, there’s a Psalm for that:
Contemplating origins? Think Psalm 33.
Considering the consummation of the age? Think Psalm 149.
Rising from bed? Think Psalm 5.
Going to bed? Think Psalm 4.
Awake at night? Think Psalm 63.
Ready to eat? Think Psalm 145.
Thirsty? Think Psalm 42.
Going to work? Think Psalm 104.
Celebrating the Lord’s Day? Think Psalm 122.
Checking your genealogy? Think Psalm 16.
Your beginning? Think Psalm 139.
Your birth? Think Psalm 71.
Celebrating a birthday? Think Psalm 104.
Enjoying childhood? Think Psalm 34.
Need motivation to study well? Think Psalm 111.
Gazing at the stars? Think Psalm 19.
Maturing as a youth? Think Psalm 119.
Ready to pop the question? Think Psalm 45.
Bringing children into the world? Think Psalm 128.
Questions about parenting? Think Psalm 103.
Playing with your grandchildren? Think Psalm 71.
Harvest time here? Think Psalm 65.
Seasons changing around you? Think Psalm 147.
Traveling? Think Psalm 121.
On the water? Think Psalm 107.
Remembering history? Think Psalm 78.
Talking with your financial planner? Think Psalm 49.
Tempted by the world? Think Psalm 73.
Disappointed by life? Think Psalm 77.
Weeping over your sins? Think Psalm 51.
Engaged in evangelism? Think Psalm 96.
Overcome by fear? Think Psalm 91.
Angered by the wickedness of men? Think Psalm 94.
Disappointed by civic elections? Think Psalm 2.
Rejoicing in the incarnation? Think Psalm 113.
Prone to worry? Think Psalm 130.
Growing old? Think Psalm 92.
Butchering or preparing meat? Think Psalm 8.
Going to war? Think Psalm 18.
In the process of dying? Think Psalm 6.
Mourning the death of a loved one? Think Psalm 116.
Anticipating eternity? Think Psalm 73.
Of course, you can add other life experiences to the list. Why is the Psalter the smartphone of the soul? Rowland Prothero notes: “The Book of Psalms contains the whole music of the heart of man, swept by the hand of his Maker. In it are gathered the lyrical burst of his tenderness, the moan of his penance, the pathos of his sorrow, the triumph of his victory, the despair of his defeat, the firmness of his confidence, the rapture of his assured hope. In it is presented the anatomy of all parts of the human soul. In it, as Heine says, are collected ‘sunrise and sunset, birth and death, promise and fulfillment – the whole drama of humanity.’”
Thus, we carry the Psalms in our mental pockets daily. Our minds race here to check for truths, to hear from God, and see our decisions and emotions governed when we cannot access the rest of Scripture. This has been my experience of life…from birthdays, to emergency room visits, to maternity wards, to the graveside, and beyond.
Smartphones are great, but they only go so far. They may reveal where you are in a building, but they cannot reveal what is in your building. They may map the stars in the sky, but they cannot unite you to the maker of the stars. They may point you to bread on earth, but they cannot feed you bread from heaven. The Psalms do all of these things and more. Phone programs fail, contracts expire, and phones are dropped in toilets. The Psalms hidden in the heart will never fail you. They will cause the peace of Christ to rule in your heart. They will order your life. But the Psalms only function this way in the hearts of those who own them.
Darkness comes with a smile. But Light overcomes it when it appears. We can bask in the heat of it or just watch it disappear. The cup is half empty or half full, but to each his own. Our connectedness has consequences beyond our zones. May blessing arise in your heart when aesthetics fail as they inevitably will. For we all go the way of the grave but it will even pale when the true Light arises and restores what is behind the veil.
As the old foundatonal book states,
“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”
R. Martin Snyder
I peer at Emmanuel’s Land as I draw closer to crossing the river Jordan. I pray to Jehovah that my eyesight of faith is not growing dimmer as my physical eyes are wearing out. This world is but a fleeting glance of darkness but He is Light Eternal burning bright and fair. I pray His whole beauty consumes me and mine. For he has given me an heritage of loving physical and spiritual children that I desire to see cross that river safely as Pilgrim in the Progress.
There is a King and He has all might and authority.
He is most loving and the whole Earth is full of His glory.