“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“His Love Is like a Song”
(Please read Matthew 11:28-30)
Our congregation regularly sings “invitation songs,” songs that speak of the Lord’s love and encourage folks to respond to his call. You may not like singing such songs. Some people criticize them for being too emotional and some point out that there is no specific passage of scripture requiring such songs. We readily agree with that last part, but it seems doubtful that an invitation song increases the emotional atmosphere much after a congregation has participated, from the heart, in singing emotional hymns of praise and praying emotional prayers and hearing an emotional sermon.
There are many good hymns in the “invitation” category. The song, “Come Unto Me,” written by Franklin E. Belden in 1895, is one of the most beautiful efforts in our hymnal at presenting the Great Invitation of our text in a musical setting. Its chorus includes the text of Verses 28 and 29 (King James Version), and its third stanza is mostly a restatement of Verse 30.
There is only one line in the song for which it is difficult to pinpoint a source passage of scripture, but it is eminently in harmony with the gospel message: His love is like a song. This is such a good illustration – knowledge of Christ’s love hovers pleasantly in our minds, just as a song does. And like a good song, meditation on the love of Christ, which “surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19, NAS), forms nice “wallpaper” to make our minds the home of good thoughts.
We hope you spend this entire day with a song in your heart that will continually remind you of the love of Christ.