Friday, June 2, 2017

Focus on Jesus

I am often motivated to write in these blogs about the words we sing together as a church on Sunday mornings. There are countless beautiful melodies which seem to match so well with the words of some writer, and together blend into an inspiring message to the body of Christ.

Such is the case of a song I have selected for us to look at today. Read these words from the first verse and see if it hits close to home for you. 

1.  O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free! 

I do not have the ability to know life's situations and circumstances for those who read the blog on a daily basis. No doubt there are some that are weary and troubled, perhaps some who are not able to see the light because of all the spiritual darkness which surrounds them. The poet says, "There's light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free!"

2. Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

That second verse describes how Jesus passed through death into everlasting life, and how we follow him in those steps. We are blessed to taste that life he gives because sin has no more dominion over us. Romans 8 promises we are "more than conquerors in Christ Jesus."

3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

The Word of God will never fail us. We have his promise. Use your faith to know that all is well when you are in Him, then go spread the message of salvation to all. 

The part of the song known as the refrain summarizes the entire point of the message and encourages us to stay focused on Jesus. The message is biblical. Its truth is powerful. Its application is universal. Memorize the refrain and if you know the tune, hum or sing it daily. Keep your eyes upon Jesus.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.


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