My morning quiet time with God is really important to me. I try not to let anything get in the way of it, or to move it to another time of the day. Seems like if I don’t get right up to my desk first thing with my coffee, then it doesn’t happen at all that day. I get distracted and busy and the next thing I know a whole day has flown past.
Several mornings in the last week, I have come awake with a very old Southern Harmony song in my head. In 1759, Joseph Hart published Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy. Now in public domain, it’s a classic hymn of the church. With six verses and a refrain, it’s one of those invitation hymns that could go on and on. But the sound of the refrain is what woke me again this morning.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in his arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
I have several piano arrangements of this classic. My favorite is the Mark Hayes, but I’m also working on a jazz arrangement by Larry Shackley. No matter which one I play, I sing the words in my head as I move through the music. The definitive stands out to me… I WILL arise, I WILL go to Jesus. He WILL embrace me. There ARE ten thousand charms. Not maybe. Not a chance that my Savior might embrace me. Not a possibility of Jesus love and affection. Matthew 11:28-30 says,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
It’s a for sure thing. A done deal. I will arise and keep my morning appointment, because He WILL be there waiting for me.
Click here to listen to Come Ye Sinners (I Will Arise) from Martha Bassett.
Featured image, oil on canvas, winter sunrise, Martha Robertson 2003.