“Out of Self and into Thee”

"Whosoever shall lose his life for My sake shall find it" (Matt. 16.25)

     INTRO.: A song which asks the Lord to help us to have an attitude that is willing to lose ourselves for His sake is "Out Of Self And Into Thee" (#103 in Hymns for Worship Revised). The text was written by Jessie H. Brown Pounds (1861-1921). A native of Hiram, OH, she married John E. Pounds, minister of the Central Christian Church of Indianapolis, IN, but the Poundses later returned to Hiram. For more than thirty years she wrote religious poetry for James H. Fillmore and his Fillmore Brothers Publishing House of Cincinnati, OH. Some of her more popular gospel songs, out of the over 400 that she produced, are "Am I Nearer to Heaven Today?" and "The Touch of His Hand on Mine,, "Anywhere With Jesus," "Are You Coming To Jesus Tonight?", "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," "Soul, A Savior Thou Art Needing," "The Way of the Cross Leads Home," and "Will You Not Tell It Today."

     I do not have any information about the date or place of first publication for "Out of Self and Into Thee." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared with a tune by James Henry Fillmore (1849-1936) in the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2 and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3, where it was there arranged by the editor of those books, Lloyd Otis Sanderson (1901-1992). It appeared with a tune (Galilee) by William H. Jude most often associated "Jesus Calls Us O’er The Tumult" by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander in the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater.  Today, a new setting was made for Hymns for Worship Revised by one of the editors, R. J. Stevens, who apparently added the words of the chorus and copyrighted it in 1992. The Fillmore-Sanderson version is found in the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

     The song discusses the attitude needed to lose self and come into Christ.

I. The first stanza says that we must come out of sadness into gladness
"Out of sadness into gladness, Savior, Thou hast bidden me;
Into blessing, all possessing, Out of self and into Thee."
 A. Coming out of sadness does not necessarily mean that Christians never have events that produce sadness happen to them, because there are times when God’s people sorrow, though not as those without hope: 1 Thess. 4.13
 B. Rather, the idea is that by coming to Christ, we can come out of the sadness that the guilt of sin brings to our lives into the gladness or joy that Christ alone can give: Phil. 4.4
 C. And the reason for this is that by coming to Christ, we come into the spiritual blessings that God has available for us through Him: Eph. 1.3

II. The second stanza says that we must come out of terror and error into union and communion
"Our of terror, out of error, Out of all that darkness brings,
Into union and communion With the holy King of kings."
 A. The terror refers to a sense of fearfulness: 2 Tim. 1.7, 1 Jn. 4.18, Rev. 21.8
 B. This terror is caused by the error that all the darkness of evil brings: Eph. 5.3-11
 C. But leaving this terror and error, we come into union and communion with the Holy King of Kings: Gal. 3.26-27, Rev. 19.16

III. The third stanza says that we must come out of seeming and dreaming into sureness and secureness
"Out of seeming, out of dreaming, Out of earth’s uncertainty,
Into sureness and secureness, Out of self and into Thee."
 A. The seeming and dreaming would appear to refer, not to the dreams and hopes that we might have for a better future but, to the sense of unreality in which so many of the people of this world live, looking only to the things which are seen which are temporal: 2 Cor. 4.16-18
 B. This sense of unreality is the result of "earth’s uncertainty;" that’s why Christians are warned so much about this world: Rom. 12.1-2, Jas. 1.27, 1 Jn. 2.15-17
 C. We can escape this seeming and dreaming by coming into the sureness and secureness that are found in Christ: 1 Jn. 5.10-13

     CONCL.: Nearly all the problems that we face in this life are caused by too much emphasis on self, which brings us into sadness, terror, and a sense of unreality. But when we come into Christ, we are translated into a state of gladness, communion, and security. Therefore, we should constantly be asking the Lord to help us come "Out Of Self And Into Thee."


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