The title of the song above is my favorite song in our hymnal. (Great Songs of the Church) It was written by James DeForrest Murch back in the 1930’s. I want to use the verses and the chorus to write some short devotionals.
All of us have priorities in life. We all have “anchors” in our lives. Every priority and anchor that is not grounded in the Lord Jesus will only last through this life. We all need something or someone in our lives that will lead to eternal life.
The chorus reads as follows: “In all that I say, in all that I do, throughout the world of toil and strife, by day and by night, through trust in His might, I’ll put Jesus first in my life.”
Notice that the intent of this chorus is not half hearted commitment. It is giving one’s all to a life of dedicated, faithful service. We are reminded that life is not always a “bed of roses,” but life is many times up and down, and full of all kinds of emotions and feelings. But we can rest assured that we have One who loves us, One who keeps His Word and wants us to have an abundant life in Him. Paul, in writing to the Ephesians said, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us…” (Eph. 1:8-9a ESV)
We have the promise that no matter what time of the day, He is always there for us. We can count on the promise of the Great Commission “Lo, I am with you always…” If we always seek to put Jesus first in our lives, He will equip us for service.