Hymns: Fairest Lord Jesus

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

I have moments sometimes, when I look at the stars, or at nature, or something beautiful, and wonder how it is that God is just so good.

This morning I was walking to a prayer meeting, and saw the stream near my home, with a lovely church in the background. It looked so serene and idyllic, and I was reminded of God’s beauty, glory and goodness. In fact, it made me so joyous I was singing all the way to the prayer meeting…

Anyway. Fairest Lord Jesus is simply beautiful. It speaks about beauty in the natural world, and in us. It finally talks about how unchanging and unfading Jesus is, which is a wonderful reminder in this ever-changing world.

“Fair are the meadows
Fairer still the woodlands
Robed in the verdure and bloom of spring!
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
He makes the saddest heart to sing!”

This is the second verse, reminding us that no matter how good and beautiful nature is, Jesus is even better. That’s super encouraging – nature is so beautiful and yet Jesus can offer more!

But perhaps my favourite verse is the final one, which ends like this:

“Yet is their beauty fading and fleeting,
My Jesus, thine will never fade.”

It’s an important reminder that our only constant hope and joy is to be found in Jesus – beautiful things will eventually fade away, die or otherwise lose their beauty, but Jesus is eternal.

The verse I chose at the top talks about God’s everlasting Word. The chapter compares people to grass, and their faithfulness to flowers: They die, they wither, but God is ever-present and endures forever. What a blessing it is to have such a God!


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