O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O Light that foll’west all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

George Matheson penned these words during an extremely trying time in his life.  While preparing for the ministry, he began to go blind, and his fiance upon discovering that his blindness was only increasing and the doctors could do nothing–abandoned him.  His sister was left to care for him, but she then was also married–leaving him.  It was on the evening of her wedding, when he was left all alone, that he wrote these words.

Such an incredible faith this man had.  Truly, he had such an understanding of the closeness and love of God for him.  I love this song so much–such a wonderful meditation upon what we possess only through the grace of God.  I didn’t even know the circumstances behind these words for such a long time, and the words were still powerful. The focus is Godward, outside of the self.

For me, I too often focus my problems inward and worry and blow them up rather than going straight to the One my focus should be constantly on–to the One who is sovereign and has all my worries under his control–to the One that cares so much and wants me to come!

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