I Love to Tell the Story
Recently, a friend of mine, and member of our church, wrote me a note explaining the first time he sang in choir it was the old hymn “I Love to Tell the Story.” We shared the experience of singing a fresh arrangement of the hymn in our choir in worship. He and I never tire of the song. I suppose it strikes a chord that brings all things familiar about the life of Jesus Christ we’ve heard all of our lives.
The hymn points to the essence of Discipleship and the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19. Essentially, Jesus is sending his disciples out to tell the story of his life. When we are committed to Jesus Christ and truly love him, we “love to tell the story” he has asked us to tell. “What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet!”
Check out the lyrics to the hymn. Is the story of Jesus a sweet thing to tell for you? Do you reflect fondly on the love of Jesus for you? No matter if it is someone that has never heard or “those who know it best,” I love to tell the story!
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.
I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.