A Love That Will Not Let Me Go…

A love that will not let me go….

1. God is present. Hebr13:5
2. When you feel life is hopeless… Jere. 29:11
3. He always cares. 1 Peter 5:7
4. When you think you know a better plan than God’s…. Psalm 18:30
5.When you think He doesn’t hear… Psalm 69 “He hears the needy”
6. You do not feel loved… “He loves with an everlasting love”

Geo. Matheson’s hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”…

…. is the heart cry of a man who went blind.  His fiancée broke the engagement, because she could not live her life with a blind man.

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go,” has passed into the popular hymnology of the Christian Church. Matheson himself wrote of the composition:

“I am quite sure that the whole work was completed in five minutes, and equally sure that it never received at my hands any retouching or correction. I have no natural gift of rhythm. All the other verses I have ever written are manufactured articles; this came like a dayspring from on high.”

“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” was written on the evening of Matheson’s sister’s marriage. Years before, he had been engaged, until his fiancée learned that he was going blind—that there was nothing the doctors could do—and she told him that she could not go through life with a blind man. He went blind while studying for the ministry, and his sister had been the one to care for him through the years, but now she was gone. He was now 40, and his sister’s marriage brought a fresh reminder of his own heartbreak. It was in the midst of this circumstance and intense sadness that the Lord gave Matheson this hymn.

He wrote the hymn with the realization that he knew a greater love that would never forsake him.  This was the love if his Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus…”

The hymn says….”Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His Glory and Grace.”      (By Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961)     Helen was inspired by a gospel tract that  said:

” So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full in­to His face and you will find that the things of earth will ac­quire a strange new dim­ness.”

She wrote:

“O soul, are you weary and troubled?  No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,  And life more abundant and free.

His Word shall not fail you—He promised;  Believe Him, and all will be well:

Then go to a world that is dying,  His perfect salvation to tell!”

She wrote:

I always use this hymn as a foundation for personal worship.  As my “heart and spirit sees” the face of my Savior Jesus, and grasps hold of the truth that He can take any burden, heal any pain, dry any tear….  then the things of this life that weigh heavy on me ….become very dim and loose their “grip” on my being.   It is the face of the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world.  He conquered sin, death, pain, and sorrow.  He is the victory (1 Cor. 15: 50-58).

But I note here that if we have our eyes on Jesus, we will also see the Lost…the ones that do not yet know the Savior.  May this hymn inspire us to “go to the world that is dying” with the message of our Savior.

Note:   One of the hymnals of Helen Lemmel was used by the Evangelist Billy Sunday.  She also was a vocal music teacher at The Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago.