O Jesus, Thou art standing


O Jesus, Thou art standing
Outside the fast-closed door,
In lowly patience waiting
To Pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers,
His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us,&
To keep Him standing there!

O Jesus, thou art knocking;
And lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle,
And tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge,
So patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal,
So fast to bar the gate!

O Jesus, Thou art pleading
In accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children,
And will ye treat money so?
O Lord, with shame and sorrow
We open now the door;
Dear Savior, enter, enter,
And leave us nevermore.

~ W. Walsham How, 1867

This song sounds like it is taken from or inspired by Revelation 3:20 where Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” That verse is used often to invite the lost to “open the door” to Christ, and though I think it’s fine to use it that way, in context it is written to Christians, specifically lukewarm ones who think they have need of nothing. It’s all to easy to crowd Him out. May we ever keep the door open.

7 thoughts on “O Jesus, Thou art standing

  1. Amen to that! It really is a full time job … to remember. Even for those of us who are not luke-warm…. it’s not just making time for daily devotions, or church on Sunday, or even a Bible study. It’s remembering to stay open ALL THE TIME… and to ask Him in ALL the time.

  2. Barbara, lately I have been negligent and left Jesus outside far too often. It didn’t dawn on me until the other day that I have forgotten my daily devotions and don’t read my Bible half as much as I used to. Shame.

    • This is kind of an odd comment to leave. Book-burning is hardly a sin or a sign of departed revelation. Why detract from the message of the song by bringing up what you perceive as a flaw? We all have flaws.

  3. Thanks for posting Bishop How’s fine hymn, and for your comments. You are right. Rev. 3:20 is part of the Lord’s message to the self-satisfied congregation at Laodicea. While they may have had much fancy ritual and a lavish decor, they had shut the Lord out–and apparently didn’t even realize it. May that never happen to our churches!

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