Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hymn of the Week: Take the World, but Give Me Jesus

Two thoughts I am reminded of concerning this hymn:

The world is never more important, more desirable, more to be cherished than Jesus Christ. It can offer nothing comparable in value, in goodness, or in joy. Our flesh wants the world, but our soul and spirit should want Him more. Something is wrong if we do not.

The author of this hymn, Fanny Crosby, was blind; and despite the inevitable temptation to be bitter at God or despondent about her fate, she rightly wanted Him more than anything. As it should be.

Take the World, But Give Me Jesus

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.


Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me,
I can sing though billows roll.


Take the world, but give me Jesus,
Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey
Light will cheer me all the while.


Take the world, but give me Jesus.
In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision,
Face to face my Lord I see.


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