Jesus Loves Me
“For you bless the godly O LORD, surrounding them with your shield of love.”
The first stanza of the Christian hymn, “Jesus Loves Me” was written by Anna R. Warner. She originally published three stanzas in 1860 as a poem, and several stanzas have been changed, added, or deleted since the original poem was written. The song, according to website wikipedia.com, later “became one of the most popular Christian hymns in churches around the world, especially among children.”.
The first stanza has remained the same as the original poem. It states: “Jesus loves me--this I know...For the Bible tells me so...Little ones to him belong...they are weak, but he is strong”. Refrain: “Yes, Jesus loves me...Yes, Jesus loves me...Yes, Jesus loves me...The Bible tells me so.”.
Often God's people experience various challenges, and their world seems to be falling apart. When the day begins they do not feel close to God and the remainder of the day unfolds in much the same way.
During days, months, or years people often investigate various avenues to pursue the reassurance of God's love. As a godly person where do you go to remind yourself of the faithfulness of God's love? Before you begin your day, do you open your Bible to the richness of the scripture to examine God's promises of His love?
In the Book of Romans, Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome about how much God loved them. Paul stated: “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us”. He loves each person dearly, and He pours out His love into their hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit in them. This is the upmost example of how much God loves you!
The apostle John reminds Christians in 1 John that our heavenly Father shows His love for them by allowing His people to be called “His children”. Jesus called Him “our Father in heaven”. Being called a child of God should bring reassurance and comfort to you. It is one of the ultimate expressions of God's pure love and deep affection towards His community of believers.
In the Book of Psalms David reinstates how priceless God's love is. He states that God's love is “unfailing”; it is so great that it “reaches beyond the clouds”; He cares for “people and animals alike”; He allows His people to “seek refuge” in Him, and to find “shelter in the shadow of... (His)...wings”. Those few examples of His love are to be treasured.
Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem titled: “Enfolded in His Love”. A few lines are: “The love of God surrounds us...Like the air we breathe around us...As near as a heartbeat...as close as a prayer...And whenever we need Him...He'll always be there!”.
All of the examples above show how abundantly God loves His children. Jesus stated: “I am with you always...”. Quiet your thoughts and turn your eyes toward your heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. Affirm God's promises as you begin each day. Keep the song “Jesus Love Me” humming within your heart as you confirm His glorious love.
Lord God, thank You for expressing Your love to us in so many ways. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington