Wayne S. Walker

“But I am poor and needy: yet the Lord thinketh upon me: Thou art my
help…” (Ps. 40.17)

      INTRO.:  A song which reminds us of the fact that even when we are
poor and needy, the Lord thinks upon us and will be our help is “Thou
Thinkest, Lord, Of Me” (#419 in Hymns for Worship Revised and #475 in
Sacred Selections for the Church).  The text was written and the tune was
composed both by Edmund Simon Lorenz (1854-1942).  Born in Stark County,
OH, to parents who had emigrated to serve as missionaries among German
speaking people, he became a United Brethren minister and served as
President of Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, but because of
health problems retired and founded the Lorenz and Company Music
Publishing House in Dayton, OH.

     This song was copyrighted in 1885.  It was used in the 1935
Christian Hymns No. 1, the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2, and the 1966
Christian Hymns No. 3, all edited by L. O. Sanderson; the 1963 Abiding
Hymns edited by Robert C. Welch; and the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by
J. Nelson Slater.  In addition to Hymns for Worship and Sacred
Selections, it can be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church edited by
Alton H. Howard, and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P.
Wiegand.  Other Lorenz songs in our books include “Tell It To Jesus
Alone” and “”Wonderful Love of Jesus.”   He also provided tunes for “Give
Me The Bible,” “God Is Love,” and “So Tender, So Precious.”

      “Thou Thinkest, Lord, Of Me” is a song of comfort and good cheer.

I. Stanza 1 says that God thinks of us in our trials
“Amid the trials which I meet, Amid the thorns which pierce my feet,
One thought remains supremely sweet: Thou thinkest, Lord, of me.”
  A. We are called to undergo various trials in life: 1 Pet. 4.12
  B. These trials are often like unpleasant thorns which pierce the feet
of one walking through the woods: Prov. 22.5
  C. However, the fact that the Lord thinks of us, and tells us so in His
word, should be sweet to us: Ps. 119.103

II. Stanza 2 says that God thinks of us in our cares
“The cares of life come thronging fast, Upon my soul their shadow cast;
Their gloom reminds my heart at last, Thou thinkest, Lord, of me.”
  A. We have various cares to occupy our minds in this life: Mk. 4.19
  B. They often cast a dark shadow upon the joys that we might otherwise
experience, reminding us that life is brief like a shadow: Ps. 102.11
  C. However, we can still be take courage from the fact that the Lord
thinks about us even in a day of darkness and gloominess: Joel 2.2

III. Stanza 3 says that God thinks of us in our changes
“Let shadows come, let shadows go, Let life be bright or dark with woe,
I am content, for this I know: Thou thinkest, Lord, of me.”
  A. Again, we see shadows come and go in life because everything on earth
is temporary: 2 Cor. 4.16-18
  B. Sometimes life is bright with joy but sometimes it is dark with woe;
even the apostle Paul was abased on some occasions and abounded on
others: Phil. 4.12
  C. However, amid all these changes, we can remember that the Lord thinks
on us and learn to be content: Heb. 13.5-6

     CONCL.:  The chorus points out that the result of knowing that the
Lord thinks of us is a lack of fear:
“Thou thinkest, Lord, of me, Thou thinkest, Lord, of me;
What need I fear when Thou art near And thinkest, Lord, of me?”
My grandmother once told me that this was one of her mother’s favorite
songs.  Throughout my life, I have often found help and encourgement in
times of tribulation, sorrow, and other problems by going to God in
prayer and telling Him, “I thank Thee that ‘Thou Thinkest, Lord, Of Me.'”

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