text by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.
-Jesus is the lover of our souls. Not our flesh. If Jesus was the lover of our flesh, things would be a lot different. We’d get whatever we wanted. Jesus loves our souls. He loves what is eternal about us. He cares about what matters the most in us.
-This stanza has a lot of sea imagery. While the storms of life are rolling around us, Jesus is our refuge [haven]. He can comfort us in any situation of life, because He was here, he’s been through it all.
-Asking Jesus to “hide” us doesn’t mean putting us somewhere where we can’t be found. It means being covered by the security that comes from His presence.
-The first stanza deals mainly with our hearts turning to Jesus. This is always our first response in worship, we acknowledge God’s seeking by “flying” to Him, and allowing Him to “receive” our souls.
More stanzas coming later…