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Jesus, I am Resting, Resting
by Janie Buck
Topic: Songs
Date: 10.12.2010
This poem became a favorite hymn to J. Hudson Taylor, an early missionary to China. He established the China Inland Mission in 1865. He was overwhelmed with worry, work and responsibility when he received a letter from a friend who wrote about abiding in Christ (John 15). "Abiding, not struggling, looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power...This is not new, and yet 'tis new to me....Christ literally all seems to me now the power, the only power for service; the only ground for unchanging joy."

Hudson Taylor read this and wrote to his sister, "As I read, I saw it all. I looked to Jesus, and when I saw, Oh, how the joy flowed! The weight and strain are all gone. The last month has been perhaps the happiest of my life, and I long to tell you a little of what the Lord has done for my soul....When the agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in the letter from dear McCarty (said) "But how to get faith strengthened is not by striving after faith but by resting on the Faithful One."

The words of the song Jesus," I am Resting, Resting" expresses what Taylor found and is available to all Christians.

"Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art; I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart. Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, And Thy beauty fills my soul, for by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole.

O, how great Thy loving kindness, vaster, broader than the sea! O, how marvelous Thy goodness, lavished all on me! Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, knowing what wealth of grace is Thine, Know Thy certainty of promise, and have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art, and Thy love, so pure, so changeless, satisfies my heart; Satisfies its deepest longings, meets, supplies its every need, Compasseth me round with blessings: Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me as I work and wait for Thee; resting 'neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, Earth's dark shadows flee, Brightness of my Father's glory, sunshine of my Father's face, Keep me ever trusting, resting, Fill me with Thy grace."
Every Morning
by Janie Buck
Topic: Songs
Date: 12.27.2007
Songs are a part of life that can bless our day or just be background noise. There are as many types of songs as there are people. Like the old childhood rime, "Some like it hot and some like it cold and some like it in the pot nine days old." There are many different types of music as there are people on earth.

One thing we all have in common is is song. Even church songs are as different as the many denominations of churches. Whatever your taste in music we are all commanded to "Sing unto the Lord." He created us and understands our likes and dislikes in music. The common thing is that we sing to Him.

Sing this song if you know the tune, or meditate on the words: "O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me! Under neath me, All around me is Thy love, Leading onward,leading upward, To my glorious rest above!"

Or "sing a new song to the Lord" that you make up. The song book is full of different songs people have made up. They express every emotion. The greatest emotion is joy that comes from songs of praise.
Resting
by Janie Buck
Topic: Songs
Date: 12.27.2007
After the business of preparing for Christmas there is a let down that brings sweet rest or depression. The anticipation of children wondering if the things on their list will be under the tree and adults worrying if they forgot a relative or friend creates depression.

We all need a song that expresses real rest. Our faith needs a boost but how do we get it? The secret is abiding in the Lord Jesus. He said, "Abide in Me, and I in you." Abiding is not striving or struggling but looking off from ourself and unto Jesus: trusting Him for present power to do what we have to do - live this minute, this day in His presence. Casting all our worries and cares upon Him because He cares for us. Christ is the power, the only power for all we have to do. And He is the only unchanging joy in our life.

Our "toys" get old and worn out. If we are depending upon them to make us happy we will always be shopping for more. The secret of joy and rest is the Lord Jesus.

"Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art; I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart. Thou has bid me gaze upon Thee, and Thy beauty fills my soul, for by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole."

I recommend that you look up the rest of the words to this wonderful hymn.


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