I Rose Went Forth and Followed Thee

And Can It Be That I Should Gain

And Can It Be That I Should Gain

Charles Wesley was born on December 18th 1707. I am not sure at what year he got saved, but the Lord has clearly used his life in a very powerful way.He was a preacher in London, and a master at writing hymns. “And Can It Be That I Should Gain” is one of my favorites. Here is a section of it:

” Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.” -(http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/c/acanitbe.htm)

This is an amazing depiction of a hell-bound sinners first encounter with the Living God. We are imprisoned, bound by our chains of  sin and darkness. Then all of a sudden, Jesus floods our hearts with His love by the power of the Holy Spirit. The “flame and light” is Himself touching our hearts. We can finally see the Truth of the Gospel. Our chains fell off, and our cold, enslaved, calloused hearts are free. And because of the power of the Gospel, we can leave that jail cell. We can stand up, and see our King, and follow Him with all of our lives.

picture: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/a/c/acanitbe.htm

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s