Above is the song we will be learning together in September. Below are a few thoughts about why I chose this song followed by the lyrics.
Why This Song
The weariness of the world threatens to steal our joy and burden us to the point of breaking us. This is not God’s will for us. He has sent His son for our good, our joy, and our rest. Certainly, our true rest will not come until we enter the presence of our Father. But Jesus promised in Matthew 11 that if we come to Him and enter into a relationship of submission to Him, then it would be a relationship characterized by rest. The life of being yoked to Jesus is a life of growing spiritual rest until we see Him and enter rest eternal.
I suspect that we as a church may need to be reminded about the rest we have and will have in Jesus–our gentle shepherd. This song not only communicates this truth in word, but in form. It’s beautifully simple in arrangement and instrumentation. May God use it among us.
Now to the lyrics:
Are you weary, heavy laden? Come and lay your burdens down Jesus calls you, Jesus draws you; rest in him. He is gentle, he is lowly He delights to bring us peace Tender shepherd, mighty Savior, rest in him. How sure, his compassion for us Oh how deep is his love, So come, come to Jesus, and rest in him Are you hopeless, are you guilty, Caught in shame for all your sin? He pursues you, to forgive you; rest in him. He has paid for every failure, Mercy flows in endless streams; Come and follow, freedom calls you: rest in him. Are you waiting in your sorrows For this broken world to heal? He is coming, soon returning; rest in him. We will see him, we will know him, O what heights of grace revealed: From his kindness, every promise then fulfilled; Trust in Jesus, he will keep us to the end.Words and Music by Jordan Kauflin and Matt Merker ©2021 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Jordan Kauflin Music (BMI) / Matthew Merker Music (BMI) / Administered at MusicServices.org