Oh 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, it’s flow
May richer, fuller be
Sheer poetry, written by a blind man named George Matheson in 1882 on the occasion of his sisters marriage. He had stayed behind due to “severe mental suffering” that others have only speculated about. But, whatever caused him such pain, it inspired him to write this hymn, “O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go.” The hymn celebrates the constancy of God’s love –– “love that wilt not let me go” –– “light that follow’st all my way” –– “joy that seekest me through pain.” It concludes by celebrating “Life that shall endless be.”
All that said, I woke up this morning (again) with two songs running through my mind. This one, and the same one from yesterday, which is upbeat and contemporary. Polar opposites running around in my brain at the same time. Both singing to me of God’s never-ending love.
“It’s a love so true I can never get enough of You” – Jamie Grace 2013
“Oh Love that wilt not let me go” – George Matheson 1882
I read these two lines and I’m struck with the thought that the God who overwhelmed Rev. Matheson with His constant love 132 years ago is the God that gave Ms. Grace a true Love to sing about right now. And He is the same God who wakes me up every day by singing me a Love song. Sometimes TWO of them!
I love the words written in Zephaniah 3:17… “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in You. He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I always imagine God standing over me, singing while I sleep. Just like I did when my children were little. I wonder if they ever woke up while I was singing and heard me? If they had my song running through their minds all day, helping them know how much they’re loved?