by: Carole L. Haines
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature
O thou of God and man the Son
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown
Richard Storrs Willis
I woke up with this song in my head. I repeated it over and over as a prayer. It was beautiful. I pondered the deeper meanings of each phrase.
Jesus, Ruler of all Nature-
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)
Jesus is the only one to have the right to rule nature. He created it in all its splendor and brilliance. He is the Creator and Ruler of the wind and waves of the Sea.
And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. (Luke 8:24b)
O Thou of God and Man the Son-
At Christmastime we celebrate the fact that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us as Emmanuel, God with us. But this reality is life-changing every day, moment by moment.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Precious Jesus, Truly, Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor. You are my soul’s Glory, Joy and Crown. Thank You, Dearest Lord, for who You are, for loving us, the unlovable, and coming to rescue this creation you have made. We await the fulfillment of the promises for Nature, even as we await the Day we will be privileged to see You face to face. Happy Birthday Jesus and Thank You from the depths of my heart. Truly You are the Ruler of all Nature.
19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21)