Hymns have been a huge part of my life for all of my remembered life so I’m glad I can be part of it. They put into words the feelings of our hearts in response to GOD’s Word, our knowledge of who GOD is and the prayers of our hearts! Join me for today’s entry!
This is a very old song, written in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s. It is one of many “new” hymns these days that are actually old hymns with new tunes. I had never heard these words until this year in our new church. I will say, the tune isn’t my top favorite, but it is growing on me as I learn it. …but the words? WOW! They are often right where I am.
I can totally identify with the concept of a frozen heart! I’ll enclose a link to the video at the bottom of the post as well as links to the Red Mountain Music page...writers of the music. They are one of many churches and groups who are doing this sort of thing. You may enjoy hearing more of their music.
I’ll also include the writer of the words, Thomas Kelly who died in 1855. I saw he was born in the mid-1700’s. He isn’t familiar to me as a hymn writer.
I’m told that by definition, a hymn is addressed to GOD…with a few exceptions. A gospel song is a testimony. There are songs, usually in chorus form, that are Scripture and often help a person memorize passages of Scripture. Of course, some people sing Psalms too…from Psalters. These are just a few forms of music used for worship.
Below is this week’s song:
Lord, dissolve my frozen heart
By the beams of Love Divine;
This alone can warmth impart
To dissolve a heart like mine.
O that love, how vast it is!
Vast, it seems, though known in part;
Strange indeed, if love like this
Should not melt the frozen heart.
Chorus: The love of Christ passes knowledge.
The Love of Christ eases fear.
The love of Christ hits a man’s heart;
It pierces him like a spear.
Savior, let thy love be felt,
Let it’s power be felt by me,
Then my frozen heart shall melt,
Melt in love, o Lord to thee.