Sunday, August 03, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "Look and Live"

This week's hymn was written by William Ogden, a 19th century American musical prodigy and composer. Ogden, as a child, could write down music just from hearing it being sung or played. As an adult he wrote many songs and hymns, several of which he published in books. He was also a teacher of music.

I’ve a message from the Lord, hallelujah!
This message unto you I’ll give,
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

“Look and live,” my brother, live,
Look to Jesus now, and live;
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live.”

I’ve a message full of love, hallelujah!
A message, O my friend, for you,
’Tis a message from above, hallelujah!
Jesus said it, and I know ’tis true.

Life is offered unto you, hallelujah!
Eternal life thy soul shall have,
If you’ll only look to Him, hallelujah!
Look to Jesus who alone can save.

I will tell you how I came, hallelujah!
To Jesus when He made me whole—
’Twas believing on His name, hallelujah!
I trusted and He saved my soul.

William Ogden

A simple message, look to Jesus and have life. It is only through Jesus that we receive the eternal and abundant life that the Bible speaks of. It is Jesus who saves our souls from sin and death.

Be blessed and shine and look and live!

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