Purely Devotional

Verse five says, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” Darkness is a common biblical metaphor for sin and evil.  It reflects the condition of the moral and spiritual estrangement and ignorance of the unredeemed. The darkness blinds them to spiritual truth, making them oblivious to impending judgment.

Light, on the other hand, indicates that believers have passed out of the darkness of ignorance and unbelief into the realm of the light of God’s love and “the kingdom of His dear Son” (Col. 1:13).  Believers are delivered from that terrible day of judgment that will overtake unbelievers “as a thief.”

So much comes to mind about the joy and peace of living in the Light. However, I’d like to let  an old hymn written by W.T Sleeper and George C. Stebbins take center stage here: 

 

Jesus, I Come 

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light, Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness into Thy health, Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself, Jesus I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross, Jesus I come to Thee;
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm, Jesus I come to Thee.
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Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessed will to abide, Jesus I come to Thee;
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove, Jesus I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy home, Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of the depths of ruin untold, Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold, Jesus, I come to Thee.

2 thoughts on “Purely Devotional

  1. We sold our piano in 1992 when we moved to TN and I still miss it. One benefit that I still carry with me, however, is that I memorized the whole of many songs while I sang and let the words seep into my heart. Just playing the piano and singing for 15 minutes worked wonders for me. You brought back special memories for me. Now, with failing eyesight, I can’t read music anymore. The hymnbook is mostly fuzzy words. But, God knew there would be a day I could sing those songs without aid of the songbook. Amazing.

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  2. I have fond memories of singing together with you and Marilyn Alexander. Long time ago. I used to do the same thing with hymns, Karyl–played through the hymnal many times, trying to learn to improvise and play adequately for church. So many wonderful old songs with messages that do indeed warm the heart.

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