Monday, December 15, 2008

Thou Didst Reign on High


This Christmas song says it all. It tells of the great humility of our King who reigned on high, yet willingly adorned Himself in human flesh and humbled Himself to not only be born in the poorest of circumstances, but to live a lowly life, and die the cruel death at Calvary's cross. It also tells of a victorious conqueror who has returned to His throne on high but will return again to claim His own. Do we not have a Savior worthy of praise? Can we not sing these wonderful words with thankfulness? All may be crumbling around us, but can we not know the truth of the lyrics penned by Emily Elliott over a century ago and know they are just as applicable today?

Emily was a woman after my own heart because of her love for children and teaching them the truths of Scripture. I read that her life was filled with benevolent activities in rescue missions and in the Sunday school movement of her time. Now that's a life worth living! Teach this precious hymn to your children and grandchildren, dear ones. I intend to.

Thou dost reign on high with a kingly crown,
Yet thou camest to earth for me,
And in Bethlehem's home was there found no room
For thy holy nativity:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for thee.

Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang,
Proclaiming thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth didst thou come to earth,
And in great humility:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for thee.

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest,
In the shade of the forest tree;
But thy couch was the sod,
O thou Son of God, in the deserts of Galilee:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for thee.

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living word
That should set thy people free;
But with mocking scorn, and with crown of thorn,
They bore thee to Calvary:
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
Thy cross is my only plea.

When heav'n's arches shall ring,
And her choirs shall sing,
At thy coming to victory,
Let thy voice call me home,
Saying, "Yet there is room,
There is room at my side for thee."
And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When thou comest and callest for me.

~Emily E.S. Elliott

7 comments:

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I loved it, just loved it.

I would say a life well worth living. Hope you and your are staying warm and very happy. connie

Mimi said...

Oh such a beautiful hymn for all of us to learn and hold in our heart...

Lisa said...

I love this song and your music is so relaxing. I hope your Christmas is an extra special one.
Hugs. Lisa

Cami said...

As Oswald taught, "My heart, His personal Bethlehem..." Maxine, thank you so much for sharing this song by Emily Elliot. There is nothing - NOTHING - like the incarnation!!! Emmanuel, God WITH us!!!

Cathy said...

Beautiful words, Maxine ~ I tried to look up the music, and finally found it in my hymnal. I had to go play it on my piano. It is very pretty. Your music is lovely.

Susan Skitt said...

I love that song Maxine :) "And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, when thou comest and callest for me." Just as He came once, He is coming again! Amen!!!

scotti said...

Merry Christmas, Maxine! God bless you always.
Scotti