Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Come unto him and be healed

It all began Sunday with one of the lesser known hymns of our church Come, Ye Disconsolate   I am singing this hymn and realize that I am not sure what this hymn is saying. I can  hardly pronounce disconsolate let alone know what it means.

Come, ye Disconsolate, wher-e're ye languish; Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel. Here bring your wounded hearts; here tell your anguish. Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying, Hope of the penitent fadeless and pure! Here speaks the comforter, tenderly saying, Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot cure.

Here see the Bread of life; see waters flowing forth from the throne of God, pure from above. Come to the feast of love; come ever knowing Earth has no sorrow but heav'n can remove.

Text by Thomas Moore 1779-1852
Verse three, Thomas Hastings 1784-1872

I began a study of the meaning of disconsolate and of this hymn. It was a beautiful hymn with a message that God wanted me to understand and live, I could feel it. I wanted to know what the message was and what I was to do with it. I began with a definition of disconsolate. Disconsolate is defined as being beyond consolation. A synonym of the word is discontent which is to long for better things, or a restless desire for something better. Now I was beginning to get somewhere. God was telling me that; When thing get rough and I feel the need for something more, He has the answer I can come to him and he will heal me. 

"Come to the mercy seat and fervently kneel". During the month of march I had the opportunity to research the mercy seat while teaching the children of our church the hymn I Stand All Amazed. The mercy seat is the gold covering for the Ark and the covenant. It holds the tablets containing the Law of God, the ten commandments that Moses brought off the mountain. I was beginning to see what God was saying through this beautiful hymn. He is saying, come,  learn of me, live by my word and let me heal you,  In other words; let the Atonement be felt in your life.

He has been teaching me to rely on him as the Bread of life. Rely on him for everything, and quit trying to do it all myself. He is teaching me of his ways and teaching me to work along with him. I am truly learning that his yoke is easy, and his burden is light. (see Matthew 11:28-30). He is teaching me to be a committed, covenant member of his church.

Over the last few weeks a change has taken place. I have truly become hungry with a desire for his word. A desire to be on his side. A desire to know him, A desire that only he can fill.  I am truly feasting upon the words of Christ. He is filling my soul in ways I never even imagined. He is opening my eyes to the changes that are to come as the world prepares for his second coming. It is truly a joy to be a part of the work of God. The time is short, there is much to do to prepare the world and the churches for his coming, I am glad to stand as one who loves the Lord and share my witness of  his love, grace and truth and be a part of this great work.

Blessing to you all as you find your place with God.

P.S.  Since I began this post I have been singing the chorus of a little song by the group Pocket full of rocks; it is a song that I find myself often singing. It had often brought hope when it seemed hopeless.
You can come as you are with all your broken pieces
And all your shameful scars
The pain you hold in your heart, you bring it all to Jesus
You can Come As You Are

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  1. "Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot heal" I love this simple truth & the refrain of this interesting hymn. Thank you for sharing it. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  2. Thank you for the encouragement.

  3. What beautiful thoughts! Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival. Blessings, Donna

  4. Beautiful thoughts! It is amazing how much a single word can teach us. The old hymns use words not totally familiar or commonly used and truly bring an entirely different perspective to us. I am so grateful the veil has been torn & we can come boldly to the His throne and find grace to help us when we need it most. I was your neighbor at Sharing His Beauty. Have a blessed week!