"O SAVIOR MINE"
"Herein is love…that He loved us, and sent His Son…" (1 Jn. 4:10)
INTRO.: A song which expresses submission to Jesus Christ as Savior because of the love that He showed to us is "O Savior Mine" (#206 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by Palmer Hartsough (1844-1932). He is best remembered as the author of "Are You Sowing the Seed?" and "I Am Resolved." The tune was composed by James Henry Fillmore (1849-1936). The song was copyrighted in 1896 and renewed in 1924 by the Fillmore Brothers Music House of Cincinnati, OH. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1921 Great Songs of the Church (No. 1) and the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2, both edited by E. L. Jorgenson and using a version for soprano and alto duet in the stanzas. Today it appears in the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand, as arranged by Philip E. Autry in 1990; as well as Sacred Selections where it was arranged by the editor Ellis J. Crum in 1959 for that year’s edition.
The song reminds us of the need to make a complete dedication to Him who died for us.
I. Stanza 1 talks about the need to yield to Him
"O Savior mine, so full, so free, Thy pardoning love has been to me;
Were I possessed of boundless store, My heart would long to yield Thee more."
A. The love of God manifested in Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to have pardon: Mic. 7.18
B. Also, whatever "store" we have comes down from the Father above: Jas. 1.18
C. Therefore, even if we possessed everything, our hearts should long to yield whatever we have to Him as instruments of righteousness: Rom. 6.13-16
II. Stanza 2 talks about the need to serve Him
"O Savior mine, Thy feet to kiss In service low is highest bliss;
O give to me one glance of Thine, And pain for Thee is joy divine."
A. To kiss the feet is representative of service: Ps. 2.12
B. We understand that we cannot literally see the Savior glancing at us, but the idea is symbolic of knowing that we have His approval in our service: 1 Ki. 8.51-52
C. With the knowledge of His approval, then any pain or sacrifice in His service can be considered a joy in counting all such things as loss for Christ: Phil. 3.7-8
III. Stanza 3 talks about the need to give Him our all
"O Savior mine, can I withhold The trifling deed, the paltry gold?
Nay, lowly at Thy feet I fall; O Savior mine, I give Thee all."
A. The Old Testament prophets expressed God’s attitude toward those who would withhold their due from Him: Mal. 3.8
B. Instead of withholding anything from Him, we should fall at His feet, a figurative expression denoting humble submission: Ps. 72.11
C. Then, in humble submission, we must give Him ourselves and our all: 2 Cor. 8.5
CONCL.: The chorus continues to tell us about the need to give our lives for Christ that He might live in us.
"The world is naught apart from Thee, O Savior mine,
And crusts are kingly fare for me since I am Thine;
My life, my all to Thee I give,
O Savior mine, for Thee to live."
Jesus Christ gave His all for me by leaving heaven, coming to earth, and dying on the cross to make atonement for my sin. My response should be to yield to Him, serve Him, and fall before Him as I address Him as, "O Savior Mine."