Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Just As I Am

By: Jenifer Metzger

Recently my husband and I were discussing old hymns. Many churches like to stay away from hymns, thinking they just sound so old. But have you ever listened to the words of an old hymn? Really listened. Have you ever just let the words of these classic songs flood your heart?

Hymns were written in times of despair, when all they could do was lean on Jesus. Hymns were written in times of rejoicing, praising His holy name. Hymns weren't written to entertain or make money. They were written out of a place in the heart of someone truly seeking God.

The words of hymns can impact our lives still today. Just As I Am was written by Charlotte Elliot in 1835. Charlotte was disabled which at that time caused her to not be able to attend and serve in the church. She was hurt and angry. She realized she was wrong and decided that she had to clean her attitude up so that she could come to God. A pastor told her to just come as she is. This was a life changing moment for her and she penned the words of the beautiful hymn. A hymn that is still has meaning today. Many people still think they can't come to God until they clean up their life. But we truly can come just as we are. Jesus loves us, junk and all.

Read the words of Just As I Am and let them fill your heart today.

Just as I am, without one plea
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind,
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

What is your favorite hymn?

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  1. I don't know how many times I have sung that song--such a blessing. I have multiple favorites hymns, but one is Beneath the Cross of Jesus. Another is I Could Not Do Without Thee.

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  2. I love Be Thou My Vision and Be Still My Soul--and so many others!
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  3. I grew up with all the old hymns. And even though our church rarely sings them, they can still come back to me in an instant when I hear a few notes.

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  4. reminds me of my early church years! so sweet to remember.
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  5. My favorite hymn is How Great Thou Art. :)

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  6. 'I surrender All' is one of my favorites since I was a child. Our little church used to sing it A Capella and it always moved me.

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  7. "Just As I Am" has such a sweet meaning to me. It was the song that the congregation was singing when I felt Jesus move in me and I accepted Him as my Savior. Another one of my favorites is "Victory in Jesus". I love the words, he plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood. I am raising my hands to Him right now. My post this week is about when we think we deserve more in our marriage,

  8. I grew up with the hymns and they come back to me so many times, often all four verses :) The words and theology are so rich and often bring peace and comfort.

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