March 29, 2019
For Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of Thy wings. Psalm 61:3-4
Of the 6500 hymns written by Charles Wesley, founder of the Methodist church, one of the finest is “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.” It’s been said that Wesley was inspired to write it after walking through the woods on a stormy day. A cloud burst and a lightning storm broke out. The rain began to come down in torrents.
By a swollen stream, little birds were shivering on a tree limb. A bolt of lightning flashed, and one was so frightened, it flew down toward Charles Wesley and tried to hide inside his coat. Wesley was so moved by that, he wrote,
“Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, Oh my Savior, hide, till the storm life is past,
Safely to the haven guide. Oh receive my soul at last.
That's what our Lord does; He hides us. He guides us. He sustains us. He keeps us.
The song’s lyrics are a poignant picture of a young man’s journey into discovering the love of his life—Jesus.
Another hymn says it like this: “Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee. Oh blessed Rock of Ages, I'm hiding in Thee.”
Where is your heart today? Are you suffering from a broken relationship or the loss of a loved one? Run, don’t walk, into His waiting arms of love. Jesus wants to bind up your hurt and bring hope to your heart.