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Tell Me the Old, Old Story

Posted by kelvinbueckert on May 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Ezekiel 3:20

Tell me the old, old story is a well-known hymn which was written as a poem by an English evangelist, Miss Katherine Hankey, in 1866 when she was recovering from a serious illness in London.[1] (Wikipedia). It was recited at a YMCA convention in Montreal where it inspired Bishop Doane to set it to music. As a child I remember my heart thrilling as we sang the words of this old hymn.

Imagine our devotions inspiring us to write about unseen things above. Do we pause in our frenetic world long enough to actually see Jesus and His glory, to sense His love? In the fight to succeed do we recognize our tremendous need as little children in the faith, weakened and weary by the battle to survive feelings of helplessness and guilt?

Time is of the essence today. When might we find time to take the story of redemption in slowly, soaking up God’s remedy for sin through Jesus’ Christ our Lord? Ah! How soon we forget! Perhaps it is only in times of great fear that we recognize our need for comfort from the truths of scripture, and how dearly our pursuit of happiness has cost us in the realm of spiritual reality.

In my own life it has often been through the experience of being set aside that my own needs had been replaced by the deepest joy of abiding in Him. The cost of my personal peace procured at the cross is an old story, but one that I like to hear and tell often, one that I need to hear repeated.

1 Tell me the old, old story  2 Tell me the story slowly

Of unseen things above, That I may take it in -

Of Jesus and his glory,  That wonderful redemption,

Of Jesus and his love. God’s remedy for sin.

Tell me the story simply,  Tell me the story often,

As to a little child; For I forget so soon;

For I am weak and weary,  The early dew of morning

And helpless and defiled. Has passed away at noon. [Refrain]

Refrain:

Tell me the old, old story,

Tell me the old, old story,

Tell me the old, old story,

Of Jesus and His love.

3 Tell me the same old story

When you have cause to fear

That this world's empty glory 

Is costing me too dear.

Tell me the story always,

If you would really be,

In any time of trouble,

A comforter to me. [Refrain]

Reflection:

Which Biblical story (stories) brings you the greatest joy?

Do you find it easy to share your life story with others, and what does it say about Jesus?

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