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2020-07-01 My Savior First of All

The lyrics to today’s hymn echo a thought that all Christians should have: that when we either die or rise in the rapture we should desire to see Jesus Christ, our Savior, first.  We all have loved family members and friends in Heaven. It will be joyous to see them again and to be with them forever but to see Him, the one that gave Himself so that we could enter Heaven, will be joy unspeakable. 

 

Most readers know Fanny Crosby was made blind at a very young age by tragical application of medicine to her eyes. Years later at the age of 71 Ms Crosby wrote My Savior First of All in further response to a statement by a minister that it was a pity God did not give her sight.  She answered “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator, it would have been that I should be born blind?” The minister asked why. Fanny Crosby responded, “Because, when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

 

The music for My Savior First of All was written by renowned song-leader and hymnist Dr. John R. Sweeney who co-published the lyrics and music in Songs of Love and Praise in 1894. The hymn was spread quickly to Europe by evangelistic campaigns.

 

Such is the same with many of Crosby’s hymns; they have kindled hearts around the world.

https://hymnsinmyheart.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/my-savior-first-of-all/

 

 

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

I Peter 1:7-8 (NLT)

 

 

 When my lifework is ended and I cross the swelling tide, 

When the bright and glorious morning I shall see; 

I shall know my Redeemer when I reach the other side, 

And His smile will be the first to welcome me.

 

I shall know Him, I shall know Him, 

And redeemed by His side I shall stand; 

I shall know Him, I shall know Him 

By the print of the nails in His hand.

 

Oh, the soul thrilling rapture when I view His blessed face, 

And the luster of His kindly beaming eye; 

How my full heart will praise Him for the mercy, love and grace

That prepared for me a mansion in the sky.

 

Oh, the dear ones in glory, how they beckon me to come, 

And our parting at the river I recall; 

To the sweet vales of Eden they will sing my welcome home, 

But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

 

Thro' the gates to the city in a robe of spotless white, 

He will lead me where no tears will ever fall; 

In the glad song of ages I shall mingle with delight, 

But I long to meet my Savior first of all.

 

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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