Revelation 17:14 “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers”
It has been a while since I posted a hymn on my blog. So, for today’s blog I would like to introduce you to an old hymn, which probably isn’t sung very often in churches today. I always enjoy looking up the person who wrote the words to the hymn and who provided the music. The hymn that I would like to share with you today is entitled “I Walk With the King”.
The words to this great hymn are by James Rowe, the son of John Rowe, a copper miner. He was born January 1, 1865, Horrabridge, Devonshire, England. James worked for the Irish government for 4 years, and then immigrated to America at age 24. He settled in Albany, New York, and worked in railroads in New York for 10 years. He then became an inspector for the Hudson River Humane Society. He then worked for music publishers in Texas and Tennessee, and in his later years, moved to Vermont and worked with his daughter, an artist, writing verses for greeting cards. He died on November 10, 1933, in Wells, Vermont.
The music to this old hymn was written by Bentley D. Ackley, born September 27, 1812 at Spring Hill, Pennsylvania, the brother to Alfred Ackley. He showed musical talent early, learning the melodeon, piano, coronet, clarinet and piccolo as a boy. After moving to New York City in 1888, he began playing the organ in several churches. In 1907, he joined the Billy Sunday-Homer Rodeheaver evangelism team as secretary-pianist, and traveled with them for eight years. As a composer and editor with the Rodeheaver Company, he wrote over 3,000 Gospel tunes. He died on September 3, 1958 at Winona Lake, Indiana and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana. I would be my sincere desire that you will be blessed by the message of this old hymn. Enjoy!
– I Walk With the King –
In sorrow I wandered, my spirit oppressed,
But now I am happy—securely I rest;
From morning till evening glad carols I sing,
And this is the reason—I walk with the King.
I walk with the King, hallelujah!
I walk with the King, praise His Name!
No longer I roam, my soul faces home,
I walk and I talk with the King.
For years in the fetters of sin I was bound,
The world could not help me—no comfort I found;
But now like the birds and the sunbeams of spring,
I’m free and rejoicing—I walk with the King.
O soul near despair in the lowlands of strife,
Look up and let Jesus come into your life;
The joy of salvation to you He would bring—
Come into the sunlight and walk with the King.
Go back with me in time to that first Palm Sunday. One might have expected Jesus the King to enter Jerusalem on a mighty steed. However, He chose instead a lowly donkey. Before He could come as a King to reign, He had to come as a Savior to die. Throughout His life on this earth, Jesus was a man of striking contrasts – reflecting both His genuine humanity and His full deity. Someone once wrote this about Jesus:
(1) He who is the Bread of Life began His ministry hungering.
(2) He who is the Water of Life ended His ministry thirsting.
(3) Christ hungered as a man, yet fed the hungry as God.
(4) He was weary, yet He is our rest. He paid tribute, yet He is the King.
(5) He was called a devil, but He cast out demons.
(6) He prayed, yet He hears prayer.
(7) He wept, and He dries our tears.
(8) He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, yet He redeems sinners.
(9) He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.
(10) He gave His life, and by dying He destroyed death.”
We would expect to find such contrasts in the life of One who was fully God and fully man. Jesus, who is the sovereign Lord of the universe, became a man to provide for our redemption. But one day He will return as King of kings. Jesus, the God-man, deserves all our praise.
The lowly carpenter of Nazareth was the mighty architect of the universe.