John 3:16-21

Monday, December 10, 2018

Love Lifted Me


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Of all the single words that might define Christmas, probably the best is the word “love.” In addition, no other verse in the Bible better defines the season than the most commonly known scripture, John 3:16. This verse, often referred to as “The Gospel in a Nutshell,” summarizes the two directional aspects of God's love. First, God's love sent down, “He gave His one and only Son” in the Christmas wrappings of a child in a manger to be unwrapped in an empty tomb 33 years later. Second, God's love lifted up so that we might “not perish but have eternal life.”

We sing lots of Christmas hymns and carols at this time of year praising God and celebrating His gift to us. But in 1912, prolific hymn writer, John Rowe, penned the words to another famous hymn that might be appropriate to sing at Christmas, “Love Lifted Me.”

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I'll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul's best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves;
He's the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.