I’m in to reading then listening to old hymns these days. I didn’t grow up with them – because I didn’t grow up with Him. What I’ve learned is the soul’s need is timeless.
Today I listened to a refrain and thought about all of us. About going into the Christmas season and all the giving. This is the ‘giving season’ – at least that’s the intent. But the heart’s intent is what counts. And the heart of God – no one can give like that.
“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (Psalm 36:5 NIV)
So this old hymn’s refrain goes like this: “His love has no limit; His grace has no measure; His power has no boundary known unto men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!” (He Giveth More Grace)
The writer probably couldn’t say enough that God gives, then gives again, and doesn’t stop. And still we ask. And still He hears. And the more we take of all He gives (be it material or in our spirits) our thirst continues. Because all here doesn’t satisfy and because all we take of Him makes our longing for Him deeper still.
Yet what does the Giver get? Usually our leftovers – or maybe our desperate pleas. But He doesn’t ask for gifts or rituals or anything – but one thing. One thing that He formed Himself – our heart.
Ann Voskamp says it best: “And the greatest gift we can give our great God is to let His love make us glad.” Let’s remember the reason for the next few weeks – a birth long ago. A birth so phenomenal, so outlandish it still rocks the heavens and earth with its magnitude. The birth of a Savior – One who gives and gives some more and makes forever ours.
“How great is God’s love for all who worship him? Greater than the distance between heaven and earth!” (Psalm 103:11 CEV)
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“Out of his infinite riches in Jesus, he giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”
Such a great Christmas message!
He is the Giver – of all good things – even when they don’t look good – all is great love for the good of us who love Him. Blessings as you give Him away and find yourself refilled…
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Thank you for encouraging me to be glad! It’s not always my default, but it brings the Father so much joy!
Yes He loves to see us with glad hearts – because He knows that they are full of His goodness. Blessings as you share the glad tidings!
I LOVE the old hymns. When we sing them in church, I find myself getting caught up in the words. So much Gospel rich Truth wrapped up in lyric and cord.
I was convicted by the quote from Ann Voskamp that you shared. I especially keyed in on one little word “let”. It’s so amazing to me that I would need to “let” my heart be glad by His outlandish love, yet too often I either don’t believe that love or doubt that love when He has never given me any reason to feel either things.
Oh what a great God we serve, whose purpose from the very beginning was to be EVERYTHING to us in Perfect unchangingness.
Thanks so much for sharing!
It is amazing for all His unfailing faithfulness we still doubt or hold back. Blessings as you let Him wrap you up in His unending love.