I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.
When I thought on the prompt of “love” today, this hymn immediately sprang to mind. It’s an old favorite, and like many old favorites, the words ended up ingrained in memory.
Somehow old hymns have a way of doing that to me. I can remember catchy praise songs that I’ve sung over the years and some of them touch my heart, but a well-written hymn or a beautiful musical arrangement for a psalm reaches deep to heart and mind and soul for me.
With all the sorrowful news these days and all the divisions and exposures of failings/alleged failings in the church, it can be too easy to get wrapped up in all the hard stuff of faith and life. And when that happens, one loses track of the real point.
Following Christ is the point of it all. That’s not to downplay the seriousness of issues that come up in the world and the church from time to time, but it’s easier to keep things in perspective when we work hard to make God the focus.
Sometimes I just need to remember that telling that story “of unseen things above” is the most important thing I can do. I need to tell it to others, but sometimes, too, I need to remember how much I love telling to myself.
And here’s an old recording of that hymn:
Written in 5 minutes for 31 Days