Hello, David here. I was inspired by Rob’s post on Beauty earlier this week. It started me thinking about how it takes time to transform something into beauty, like a lump of coal into a diamond, or a hardened soul into something that God can use.
Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Anglican clergyman John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley (the Younger), and father of musician Samuel Wesley, and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.
Charles Wesley is mainly remembered for the many hymns he wrote. One of my favourite hymns is Jesus, Lover of My Soul . Its stirring words speak of a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. It reveals Jesus as Lover, Protector, and Provider.
Actually, it’s really the title of the hymn that strikes me most. It just really speaks to me of the intimate nature of Jesus and his love.
About 300 years later Hillsong wrote a song by the same name. Everytime I sing this song it gets me. It’s only two verses but it’s one of the most powerful songs I know. You can find the Hillsong version here on YouTube
I may never be able to write a hymn like Charles Wesley or write lyrics like Hillsong, but I do know that Jesus lives in my heart and is the Lover of my Soul. Here’s my reflection:
In the shadow of my mind
You cast your brilliant light,
Your love has found my burdened soul
As it worries through the night.
Jesus, your perfect love
Casts out my deepest fear,
Once more I realise you never left,
You’ve always been right here.
Please remind me when I forget
That you are the lover of my soul,
Transform my heart and renew my mind
As you work to make me whole.