Our highest love

I guess it’s not a very well known song these days. It makes use of archaic verb endings, and is as “contemporary” as a Mozart sonata. It is the first phrase that sticks out like an iceberg in the Kalahari:

“Lord of our highest love, let now thy peace be given,
Fix all our thoughts on thee above, our hearts on thee in heaven” (Gilbert Tickle).

It is a “Communion song,” the following verses a study on the emblems of the Lord’s Supper. But that first phrase still calls us: We might love many things, family, country, or music, or the out of doors, not bad things in themselves, but the Lord is, or should be our highest love.

It was Jesus who asked this question to a man who had recently wavered in his love for the Lord:

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’” (John 21:15).

Christians are called on to “seek first” God’s kingdom, then allow the Lord to supply other concerns (Matthew 6:33). That does not imply other things cannot be loved, but it does suggest a priority for serving Christ.

Is Jesus truly “Lord of our highest love”? Do we love him above all others? The answer might lie in the way you use your resources, time and energy. When ball practice, family vacations, afternoon naps, practically anything gets in the way of worshiping and serving God, then he is no longer the object of our “highest love.”

Who, or what is your highest love?

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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