More Love to Thee O Christ

And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul… Deuteronomy 30:6

In my first hymn post I talked about God’s endless love for those that have trusted in his son Jesus Christ. It is still hard to imagine just how much God does love us. We should love God too if not for other reasons because as 1 John 4 says: We love Him because He first loved us. Yet, just how much do we love God. Do we only love him in the times of plenty, in the times of no trials? Or perhaps we really do not love God as much as we should during the “good times.” It may be in the good times that we forget God.

God has commanded us to love him with all our heart and with all our soul, at all times. Do we have something else that we put in front of our love for God, “our idol” sort of speak? I will be the first to confess I have been quilty of having higher priorities than God.

Elizabeth Prentiss was the wife of a Presbyterian minister. In 1856 during a time of personal sorrow following the loss of two children in a short period of time Mrs. Prentiss, after meditating upon an experience given in the Old Testament, wrote the blessed words of More Love to Thee..

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

In recent years in North Korea, Christians were worshiping their Lord in an illegal house church. Communist authorities raided the church taking everyone captive. The communists asked the adults to denounce their belief in Christ; they refused. The communists hanged the children while making the parents watch. A person among the midst that was able to flee the country said that as their children were brutally murdered the parents sang “More Love to Thee O Christ.” Words beyond these cannot express the sorrow of the parents nor the love they had for their Lord.

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One Response to More Love to Thee O Christ

  1. Rhonda Collins says:

    Mike: These are wonderful-what great music to share. I absolutely love hymns and these are beautiful.
    Every time I read the account that you shared with “More Love to Thee O Christ” I ache for those families-but I know that their reward is great.

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