Matthew 14: 30-33(NASB) But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”
Rowe and Smith wrote this song in Saugatuck, Connecticut. According to Rowe’s daughter:
“Howard E. Smith was a little man whose hands were so knotted with arthritis that you would wonder how he could use them at all, much less play the piano…I can see them now, my father striding up and down humming a bar or two and Howard E. playing it and jotting it down.”
Love Lifted Me
I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!
All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.
Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.
James Rowe ~ Howard E. Smith
7 thoughts on “Love Lifted Me ~ Hymn”
Ahhh, I know this one. =) I always loved it when, after what we thought was the final line, our exuberant, youthful pastor would strike up the refrain again substituting “Christ.” ♫ Christ lifted me, Christ lifted me, When nothing else could help, Christ lifted me! ♫
Thank you for giving the background story. There’s always a beautiful story behind the hymns.
Oh, we sang this many times at my church when I was a kid …
Thanks for sharing.
“Love lifted me, Love lifted me” beautiful and I’m so very thankful that He chose to reveal Himself to me…to reveal that Love was real and right there waiting for me.
Great memories singing this song.
I also sang this many times in my younger years. I think I considered this “Christian rock” at the time!
God’s grace and mercy is simply indescribable! That song reminds me of my early days in the US. Never heard of it until I came here…. and it was sung with a country Southern accent by a man at church. 🙂
MY FAVORITE HYMN!