The power of a 1939 hymn

There’s a beautiful hymn we sing in church titled “He Set Me Free,” and the first verse goes like this:

“Once like a bird in prison I dwelt,
No freedom from my sorrow I felt;
But Jesus came and listened to me
And glory to God, He set me free.”
“He set me free, yes, He set me free,
And He broke the bonds of prison for me;
I’m glory bound my Jesus to see,
For glory to God,
He set me free.”

Copyright, 1939, by Stamps-Baxter Music and Ptg. Co., in “Gospel Tide,” credited to Albert E. Brumley.

So why chat about this hymn?

Shortly after my redemption, the musicians played this congregational song (a church favorite for us).

However, during this particular service, the song hit on an entirely different level.

As I worshipped, the Father whispered to my heart, “You know what freedom feels like.”

I broke down right then and there. I didn’t care who saw me. Because a deep understanding filled my heart with a resounding “Yes!”

I did understand what true, authentic freedom felt like because Christ had broken off every chain that had held me captive, from sin to shame to anxiety to depression and suicidal thoughts. The list goes on!

Christ had freed me from it all, and I have an intimate knowledge of true freedom.

This song has taken on such a deep, personal meaning for me that when I sing this song, it’s not empty lyrics. Instead, this song is a lyrical testimony of what Christ means to me and what He has done for me.

But here’s the thing …

The author has no idea the impact this song had on my life. Or the impact it has had on the hundreds and thousands of others who have sung this song over the years.

Those in creative arts may never know how our works will impact others. We may never hear their testimonies. We may never see their breakthroughs.

But God will.

Our obedience to produce the creative work He has asked of us will sow kingdom seeds that have an eternal impact.

Whatever it is that God has asked you to complete for His glory, do not back down. Do not give up!

Do not quit what God is inviting you to create with Him.

Stand your ground and keep marching forward. Your faithfulness will reap a harvest–some of which you may not see this side of eternity.

Surrender your works unto the Lord. He knows the impact they will have.

Be encouraged, dear one. Your labors are not in vain.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

February 8, 2024

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