May 16, 2015
I have enjoyed practicing a piano arrangement of Jesus Is All the World to Me. It’s one of those arrangements I have to practice forever, then finally get the nerve to play in church and mess up anyway. And so it goes. However, every time I practice it, I think, “I should write a Sister2Sister about this song.” Songs really speak to our hearts. I can rarely sing through a song any more without crying – that is one reason I am so thankful for the piano. Maybe the rarity of singing is why I get so touched by the words. I’m afraid when I am playing an offertory I tend to think of the first verse only – if I even get that far. Music is such an important part of our worship. Wasn’t God wonderful to create music to stir our hearts and soothe our longings?
I am tempted to just copy all the words of Jesus Is All the World to Me, but that would leave me little room to opine. Let me challenge you to look up the song (You can always “google it.”) and enjoy Will Thompson’s words and beautiful melody. It is so easy to sing words while our minds wander to some distraction. We are especially guilty of this when the words are familiar, songs such as What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Amazing Grace. The words, though, are so stirring. We have such a rich heritage in our hymns. One of my favorite Sunday School series was a study on the doctrine taught in our beloved hymns.
For now, let’s take a look at Jesus Is All the World to Me.
Jesus is all the world to me, my life, my joy, my all
He is my strength from day to day, without Him I would fall.
When I am sad to Him I go, no other one can cheer me so.
When I am sad, He makes me glad, He’s my friend.
It is easy to sing the words, “Jesus is all the world to me” when things are going well. The Lord has answered a prayer – the way we wanted Him to. Your health is good, the children are doing above average in school, your job is going well, the bills are all paid. The Lord is everything to me! I love Him so much.
But then the inevitable happens – something happens. A health issue creeps up, the children are struggling, and we can’t seem to catch up financially. We hit a brick wall. Now let’s try this song. “Jesus is all the world to me,” but things are not going like I want them to. Life got really hard. Where is the Lord; why is He not answering my prayers? Why is He doing this to me? “My life, my joy, my all.” What happened?
We run up against, well, life. We never know when it is going to smack us in the face nor how long it is going to be in our faces. We sure enough have a full-blown trial. “He is my strength from day to day.” Remember “without Him I would fall.” What about “with Him”? You won’t fall. That is the beautiful thing (one of thousands) about belonging to Jesus Christ – “He will never leave you OR forsake you.” “No man is able to pluck you out of the Father’s hand” because He is greater than all! “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
God “sends the sunshine and the rain.” He’s our Friend in “trials sore.” He gives blessings o’er and o’er. “O, how could I this Friend deny, when He’s so true to me?” “Following Him I know I’m right.” It is a “beautiful life with such a friend.” We look forward to and are enjoying now “eternal life, eternal joy.” Oh saint, He’s our friend.
Whatever you are going through right now, remember that not only should Jesus be all the world to you, but you are all to Him. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.” (1 John 3:16) His love is an “everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3) Turn in your hymnal – computer – and sing it, “Jesus Is All the World to Me.” It will lift your spirit, and give you a great time of worshiping our great Savior!