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Always Thou Lovedst Me

Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Deuteronomy 4:29: But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Isaiah 55:6: Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

While I have only shared one verse about Jesus seeking us and three about us seeking Him, His seeking us is far more important. His seeking us is like a Divine magnet that causes us to seek Him. Our seeking Him does not originate with us. It originates with Him.

2 Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Our desire for Him pertains unto life and godliness. He divine power gives us the desire for Him.

1 John 4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.

We seek Him because He first sought us. We desire Him because He first desired us. The first commitment was His. He desired to live in our hearts long before we were willing to invite Him in.

This truth is found in a song that was written sometime before 1878. Its author is unknown. The song appeared in Methodist hymn books beginning about 1879. It is believed that the song was written by several authors who added to it. The title of the song is I Sought the Lord, and Afterward I Knew.

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew;
he moved my soul to seek him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true;
No, I was found of thee.

Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea.
*Twas not so much that I on thee took hold,
As thou, dear Lord, on me.

I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the whole
of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee!
For thou wert long beforehand with my soul;
Always thou lovedst me.

Somehow the power of His seeking us causes us to seek him with all our hearts and all our souls, it causes us to seek Him while He may be found and to seek Him while He is near.

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