This week I am thrilled to have Valerie Pilkington as a blogger for this site! She will be writing under the heading, “Musings From a Musician.” I am sure she will bring new insights as she talks about her own Walk With Jesus.
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know
Musings from a Musician
By: Valerie Pilkington
I just keep doing my best, pray that it’s blessed, and Jesus takes care of the rest!
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. Proverbs 8:17 NKJV
When was the last time you had God draw you to Himself, and tell you He Loves You, He Wants you, or He cares about every part of you life? Me, I hear it ALL the time, when I read God’s word, hear God’s music or Listen to our Pastors’ sermons, I am reminded of this fact. Actually I am sure you can agree with me, the First Hymn or Christian song we all learned as children was “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.” I cannot read those words, without thinking the melody in my heart”.
I went on a search to learn more about this song, it was originally a poem written by Anna Bartlett Warner in the 1860’s and was spoken as a comforting poem to a dying child. Later in 1862 William Batchelder Bradbury added the tune we sing and also added the refrain: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. God exclaims His love for us in the Bible 310 times in 280 verses. The word ‘love’ is discovered 131 times in the Old Testament and 179 times in the New Testament in the KJV. (Thank God for Google search)
I guess we should pay attention, I also wondered what the scripture references were. Some are: Hosea 11:3, Matthew 18: 1-6, Matthew 28:20, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17, John 13:1 and John 14:1-3 just to name a few. If we follow His instructions to come to God (Jesus, and Holy Spirit) like a child, or with child like faith, or the lowly position of a child, we will not only be in heaven, but be among the greatest in heaven. He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 2-4 NIV
Jesus loves me he who died, heaven’s gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin, let his little child come in.
Jesus loves me, this I know, as he loved so long ago, taking children on his knee, saying, “Let them come to me.”
Jesus loves me! He will stay Close beside me all the way; Thou hast bled and died for me, I will henceforth live for Thee.
I have also found some alternate verses I hope to sing until I go home to Father God in heaven. (not sure who wrote them but they are cute)
Jesus loves me, this I know, Though my hair is white as snow. Though my sight is growing dim, Still He bids me trust in him.
Though my steps are oh, so slow, With my hand in his I’ll go. On through life, let come what may, He’ll be there to lead the way.
When the nights are dark and long, In my heart He puts a song. Telling me in words so clear, “Have no fear, for I am near.”
Jesus died upon the tree Yes, he died for you and me. On the third day he arose Shout it out till the whole world knows!
We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, “Jesus is Lord,” you will be saved and spend eternity with God in heaven.
THANK YOU JESUS!