Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me
By James Rowe

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!

“Love Lifted Me” is one of those great songs that not only has memorable words, but has a great melody too. For many of you, I know you are already humming these words in your head.  I can also hear you holding out the last “Love Lifted Me” in the chorus.  I always love when the music leader takes this upbeat song, and then slows it down and emphasizes those last three words of the chorus.  Can you close your eyes and picture it with me?

“Love……” – It was love, not obligation, that caused God to send His only Son (John 3:16).

“Lifted……” – It was from a state of helplessness that the Father reached down, put His arms around us, and lifted us from the miry clay (Psalm 40:2).

“Me…..” – It was me that He died for.  It was me that sinned against Him (Psalm 51:4).  But I am thankful today that Love Lifted Me and I know you are too.

Written in the early 1900’s, the author of this hymn, James Rowe, is believed to have written over 20,000 hymns.  Born in Wales, he came to America in the late 1800’s and worked in a variety of jobs – teacher, government worker, railroad worker, and as an inspector at the Hudson River Humane Society.  His real passion, however, was writing.  It is said that Mr. Rowe wrote over 20,000 hymns and poems in his lifetime.  Some other hymns written by Mr. Rowe that might be familiar to you are “God Holds the Future in His Hands, I Walk With the King, If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.”  What may surprise you is that Mr. Rowe was a prolific writer in spite of dealing with arthritis.  His daughter remembered the times where he would battle through the pains of arthritis to put on paper the words of a poem or a melody to a hymn.  I have the mental picture of someone in awful pain writing about a love that lifted his spirit out of that place of pain.  A picture of a man who had a physical pain that was overshadowed by the feeling of love and mercy he felt from the Savior.  That is truly an up-lifting image for me, and I hope it is for you.

In I Corinthians 13, Paul describes the importance of Love and he tells us some of the things that Love does.  In verse 4-8, Paul tell us “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”  Paul pretty much had love covered here in these verses.

But this hymn reminds me that love also lifts.  I did a search for “love” and “lift” in the Bible, and came across a great Scripture in Hosea.  It is a beautiful image of what God has done for us, and I hope that it reminds you of His great love for you today.  Hosea 11:4 reads “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.”  I hope you can picture God stooping down, and lifting you up like a child and pulling you to His cheek.  What a beautiful picture of uplifting love!!!

Source:  Hymn of the Week by Jeff Mowery,

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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