Welcome!  Hymns have been and continue to be a real source of inspiration to me.  My desire in this blog is to share special hymns with my readers hoping that the words will minister to them, especially in times of great personal need.  If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that I know that my blog is helping others as much as it helps me. Sometimes I will also provide a link where you can go to hear the hymn played.  So, please join me here each week and sing along as we praise God together.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

HAVE YOU ANY ROOM FOR JESUS


Christmas is now over for another year.  Once again we have heard and marveled at the wonderful Christmas story.  We have sung the carols and worshipped our Savior.  we have rejoiced that the Creator of this world would willingly give up the glorious beauty of heaven to come to this earth to be born here, as a baby, in a lonely stable.  We have sung of the angels, the shepherds and the wise men and their part in this great event.  And we have probably scorned or maybe even felt sorry for the inn keeper who had nothing available the night of this greatest birth except for a manger in a stable.  How sad that he had no room for the most important baby ever born.  He missed it all.  And then we are drawn to today's society where millions have no room for the Savior and they too are missing out on the most important gift ever given.  But let's not be too hasty.  Maybe we, as believers, are also guilty of having little room or, even worse, no room, for Him.  What was your life like this past month?  Have you been so busy with buying gifts, hanging decorations, planning parties and dinners, visiting friends, and attending programs that you had little or no time to spend with the Lord?  It is so easy at times to crowd Him out of our daily lives.  There is so much going on to attract our attention and our time.  Our jobs, our home, our things, our vacations, and maybe at times, even our family, take away our time with the Lord.  And we, too, can become guilty of having no, or little time, for Him.  Maybe the question should be asked of us, do we have any room and time for Jesus.  The words of this week's hymn were written by that famous author "anonymous", but they were adapted by Major Daniel W. Whittle (1840-1901) in 1878 and the music was added by C. C. Williams.  Major Whittle was a veteran of the American Civil War, who later became an evangelist. Though intended as an invitation to salvation, this hymn asks a question of every child of God.  Not that our activities are necessarily wrong or sinful, but often it is a case of the good crowding out the best. Maybe this week we need to  evaluate our priorities.  Think about that this week.

(1)     Have you any room for Jesus,
He who bore your load of sin?
As He knocks and asks admission,
Sinners, will you let Him in?
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.

(2)    Room for pleasure, room for business,
But for Christ the Crucified,
Not a place that He can enter,
In the heart for which He died?
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.

(3)     Have you any room for Jesus,
As in grace He calls again?
O today is time accepted,
Tomorrow you may call in vain.
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.

(4)     Room and time now give to Jesus,
Soon will pass God's day of grace;
Soon thy heart left cold and silent,
And thy Savior's pleading cease.
Room for Jesus, King of Glory!
Hasten now His Word obey;
Swing the heart's door widely open,
Bid Him enter while you may.

You can listen to it being sung here.   LISTEN

You can also listen to a piano version here.  PIANO

2 comments:

Denise Loock said...

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Pilgrim Progress said...

Thank you for sharing this song at this time. One day in November last year it suddenly came back to me after decades of not singing it and I shared it on my Fb page. Today as well, a friend reminded me of it when he shared Luke 2:7 and I re-posted it on Fb. I discovered your blog because I was interested to find out the author. Thank you for your help in this regard.