We sang this old hymn Sunday night. The words touch many aspects of my relationship with Jesus and where we have all been. I hope you find the words encouraging.
His Yoke is Easy
Daniel S. Warner
I’ve found my Lord and He is mine,
He won me by His love;
I’ll serve Him all my years of time,
And dwell with Him above.
No other Lord but Christ I know,
I walk with Him alone;
His streams of love forever flow,
Within my heart His throne.
He’s dearer to my heart than life,
He found me lost in sin;
He calmed the sea of inward strife,
And bade me come to Him.
My flesh recoiled before the cross,
And Satan whispered there,
“Thy gain will not repay the loss,
His yoke is hard to bear.”
I’ve tried the road of sin and found,
Its prospects all deceive;
I’ve proved the Lord, and joys abound,
More than I could believe.
His yoke is easy, His burden is light,
I’ve found it so, I’ve found it so;
His service is my sweetest delight,
His blessings ever flow.
The hymn is inspired from the words of Jesus recorded by Matthew.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Why do people recoil from Jesus and claim that He demands too much? Why do we think it is so hard to follow Jesus? Is it because we do not believe? Jesus himself said “I will give you rest.” Is it because we are afraid to trade one set of burdens we are comfortable with with another we fear? All the while we think we can handle our own burdens. Never realizing we can set them down.
God bless. Swap yokes.