I have to preface the rest of this post with this statement (which will inevitably turn into a paragraph or two because that’s how I roll): I don’t normally like twangy country music. I do enjoy some good folk music and some quality bluegrass but I’m pretty picky when it comes to such things. I made some silly promise in high school that I would never ever listen to country music. I know I’ve broken it a few times… my college buddies all had a thing for Shania Twain so I confess I did succumb to a bit of country then.

And I have always been partial to Alison Krauss. I consider her “newer” stuff less countryish and more “folkish.” But whatever. Those are all just silly justifications when the fact is, I can like whatever music I want to like for whatever reason. And I do really have a fairly eclectic taste in music, with the exception of death metal and rap. Sorry… just can’t go there. Hurts my soul and my brain.

Where was I going here?  What was my point… There is a sweet song about Jesus that I love now and I am even able to look past the unconscionable amount of twang involved. (Ah, hello Point.  I thought we’d never meet!) There is an awful lot of twang in this song.  But it’s the words that I love okay people?  And I know that I could never love these words except by his grace. Over the past few years Jesus has become much less of a concept to me, which I confess, He always sort of was… granted, a wonderful concept… and more of a real live person, as He is.  Don’t get me wrong. I have loved Jesus for as long as I can remember, something for which I thank both my parents and God for his many and precious promises to show love to a thousand generations of those who seek him… it’s hard to explain… but the older I get, the more I know of myself and the more I see Him transforming my life and other peoples’ lives in ever widening circles, the more real He is to me and the more I love him dearly.

God brings circumstances and people into our lives all of the time that will teach us about ourselves and about the grace of God in Christ if we will listen and hear.  I definitely have many years of sanctification yet before me and I’m sorry to you my dear husband and children for having to always be the ones on whom I learn.  I know He is changing me though and I’m a hard nut to crack. All of this to say that when I say I love this song it is because it says how much I want to love Jesus and reminds me of how worthy He is to be loved in such a prodigal way (ie. with reckless abandon), the way that He so extravagantly loves us.

So there are really two hymns that express these swirling thoughts that I can’t exactly put a finger on.  The first one is the twangy one.  If you love country music then I guess I don’t have to apologize but if you don’t, then I’m sorry for the twang. (Just the first song in the line-up. I haven’t heard the others. Click link in player to hear the full song.)

Id Rather Have Jesus by Alison Krauss & The Cox Family – Compilation

I’d Rather Have Jesus by Rhea F. Miller

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands,
I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand.
Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway,
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,
I’d rather be true to His holy name.

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out of the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs,
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

The other one is More Love to Thee by Elizabeth Prentiss.  If you have never read her book, Stepping Heavenward, you should.  It’s an old favorite of mine.

More Love To Thee – Fernando Ortega
More Love to Thee by Elizabeth Prentiss

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Let sorrow do its work, come grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

9 thoughts on “So about Jesus…

  1. It seems like there is a hidden story here…
    and weren’t you going to write another story a while ago?
    I like to read what you write because it sounds so similar to what is in my head. (That might be scary for you…but it is intended to be a compliment.) (since I am in complimentary mode-ha!)

    Christina’s last blog post..Sacrifice-It Runs in the Family

  2. There is lots more to the story… some of which I just can’t share. The thing of which you speak… I may be able to share in time. But not yet. :^) (Sorry to torture you! LOL)

    Oh and not scary at all. I feel that way when I read your blog as well.

  3. Both are lovely songs, though I tend to prefer more “upbeat” music (I have trouble with anything that goes slowly, even music LOL) ..

    Now you’ve reminded me of the song I heard the other day and can’t find online cuz although I loved it, I can’t remember the words LOL (it was kinda slow, actually. Weirdly.)

    Molytail’s last blog post..Who remembers Louie the Lightening Bug?

  4. I like the Alison Kraus song. I wouldn’t call it country. It sounds like mountain music to me. Or folk as you say.

    Isn’t it hard to know that the good work of our Savior is not yet done? And that one’s family has to suffer? I also think about this when I really put my foot in mouth or get really negative when just meeting someone new! That happened yesterday and spent about two hours wanting to kick myself.

    I like that you talk about Jesus. I just noticed that many adults don’t talk about Jesus when they are being “serious”, they talk about God. Somehow intellectual conversation is about God the father, not Jesus.

    ruth’s last blog post..I just heard this

  5. Man, walking with God is so great! I love his gentle leadings. When I look back to 8 years ago when I first gave my life to Christ, there have been so many ways that God wanted me to change, but he brought the changes about slowly and gently. He is so GOOD!

  6. I love those songs. Not the twang…you’re right, there. But the words. They are both old favorites of mine that I hadn’t thought of in years. Truly. Thanks for bringing them back to the front of my mind. I’ve got to admit, though, that I didn’t listen. I’m skerred of the twang. I just read the words and they melted into my heart.

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  7. I really thought I heard Dolly singing in the first song…then realized it was Allison Krausse. I love her music and to be honest with you most of country. Now certaininstruments in country such as a sax or dobro (sp?) will make me turn my head, but I must admit it is one of my fave genres. Rap and heavy metal I cant do either.

    My favorite childhood “Jesus” songs are:

    Jesus loves me this I know,
    For the Bible tells me so.
    Little ones to Him belong,
    They are weak, but He is strong.

    Yes! Jesus loves me,
    Yes! Jesus loves me,
    Yes! Jesus loves me,
    The Bible tells me so.

    AND…

    I am a child of God
    and He has sent me here,
    Has given me an earthly home
    With parents kind and dear.

    Lead me, guide me
    Walk beside me
    Help me find the way.
    Teach me all that I can do
    To live with Him someday.

    Screwed Up Texan’s last blog post..A Flower and a B

  8. Well…ah… The “twang” is in the rendition, not in the originals. Both of the hymns you reference have great spiritual value–minus the twang, of course 🙂

    Bev Shea wrote the tune for “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Definitely no twang in his rendition. And today is the 131st anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Prentiss, the author of “More Love to Thee.” That hymn was born out of great suffering. Unfortunately some hymn books omit the 3rd stanza, “Let sorrow do its work…” which is stunning in its spiritual insight.

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