There’s a theme developing here: I am more sentimental than I would care to admit. Or, as I like to phrase it to make myself sound better, “tender-hearted.” Anyway, semantics aside, I was flipping through the Baptist Hymnal. Wait.
Tangent/rant: who put that puppy together? There are some flat-out theologically bankrupt songs in the Baptist Hymnal. “Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart”? If there’s a tempest your voice cannot still… Yeah, because salvation’s really mostly about taking care of the issues you can’t handle on your own. And that’s not the only stinker, even in that section. God bless Ralph Carmichael, but “The Savior is Waiting”? Receive him, and all of your darkness shall end… blech. I want to know when this fixation on “receiving Jesus” and “asking Jesus into your heart” started. Mom or dad, any ideas why folks started using that particular phrasing and it stuck? And you know how people criticize “modern” worship music as being too me-focused? Or trite? How about “Here am I” or “I want to be a Christian” or “I want Jesus to Walk With Me” or, get this, a hymn called “Thanks-living”?
Anyway, rant/tangent (rantgent?) over. I was flipping through the Hymnal and plunking around on my keyboard when I came across these lyrics which brought tears to my eyes (the songs can’t be all bad, statistically):
Unless Your grace had called me
And taught my opening mind,
The world would have enthralled me,
To heavenly glories blind.
My heart knows none above You;
For Your rich grace I thirst!
I know that, if I love You,
You must have loved me first.