Hymn Study: Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

This hymn fit perfectly the sermon we had this past Sunday.   Speaking to how Christ left heaven to come to earth as a regular person, except he wasn't.   He was the one the John the Baptist pointed the way to, the one to whom we are called to come to in repentance.  

Written by Emily Elliot with music by Timothy R. Matthews.   This hymn was first sung at St. Mark's Church, in Brighton England where Elliot's Father was rector.

In 1870, it was published in the Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor, which Elliott edited. (source)

This was a hymn written to help children understand advent and the Nativity.  (source)


Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room
For Thy holy nativity.

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang,
Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
And in great humility.

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
In the shade of the forest tree;
But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee.

Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word,
That should set Thy people free;
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary.

When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
At Thy coming to victory,
Let Thy voice call me home,
Saying Yet there is room,
There is room at My side for thee.

Final refrain
My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When Thou comest and callest for me.

Days of December: List

You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is comin' to town
He's making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin' to town

These words are so familiar this time of year aren't they?

I grew up NOT believing in Santa, my mom did...and when she found out that he wasn't real, she wondered what else her mom had lied to her about.   Ergo.. .no Santa.  

Therefore as I grew up I didn't understand the fervour of "needing to be good" at Christmas time.  The wanting to make sure that you only had good things on the list that some Santa figure was writing down.

I remember, as a teen, a little girl crying because she just knew that Santa had caught her being bad and had written it on his list.  She was SO frightened about this.

This list.

So I wonder.... is it really helping children to teach them about Santa.  To teach them about a fat, jolly man who watches them ALL THE TIME so he can decide if they are good enough to get presents.

Wouldn't it be better to teach them about Christ, and about God's immense love for them.   That he even sent his son to cover all the naughtiness that we can get into.  How all we have to do is accept that love.   Love rather than fear....  

Just makes me wonder...


Do not Forget the Lord God

Picking up my studies in Ezekiel here.    You can find the rest of my study HERE

Today Ezekiel 23
First the written word of God, then I will give my thoughts as I do my devotions.   Perhaps you might like to join me in this study?