Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him

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Hast thou heard Him, seen Him, known Him?
  Is not thine a captured heart?
Chief among ten thousand own Him;
  Joyful choose the better part.
  Captivated by His beauty,
Worthy tribute haste to bring;
Let His peerless worth constrain thee,
  Crown Him now unrivaled King.
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Idols once they won thee, charmed thee,
  Lovely things of time and sense;
Gilded thus does sin disarm thee,
  Honeyed lest thou turn thee thence.
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What has stripped the seeming beauty
  From the idols of the earth?
Not a sense of right or duty,
  But the sight of peerless worth.
4
Not the crushing of those idols,
  With its bitter void and smart;
But the beaming of His beauty,
  The unveiling of His heart.
5
Who extinguishes their taper
  Till they hail the rising sun?
Who discards the garb of winter
  Till the summer has begun?
6
’Tis that look that melted Peter,
  ’Tis that face that Stephen saw,
’Tis that heart that wept with Mary,
  Can alone from idols draw:
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Draw and win and fill completely,
  Till the cup o’erflow the brim;
What have we to do with idols
  Who have companied with Him?
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Miles

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Jesus’ name isn’t mentioned once in this song but only He can be such a captivating Person that this song must be about Him!!

There is some captivating going on this morning!


Cody E

Anaheim, California, United States

Captivate me again today!


Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Ora Rowan’s life is hidden from the pages of history but her hymn allow us to see into the character of this Lord’s worker. These two commentaries describe some of the stanzas on this hymn and what it means to let go (of idols) and let God (captivate you through the beauty of the Lord Jesus).

“Hast thou heard Him, seen Him known Him? This question comes from a hymn written by Miss Ora Rowan in the 19th century. This question actually mirrors the apostles John’s utterance in 1 John 1:1– That which was from the beginning, which we heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we beheld, and our hands handled concerning the Word of life. “The Word of life” is the “Him” spoken of by Miss Rowan. This “Him” is our wonderful and precious Lord Jesus.

Miss Rowan’s hymn says in the chorus: Captivated by his beauty,

Worthy tribute haste to bring,

Let His peerless worth constrain thee,

Crown Him now unrivaled King.

“We know little of Miss Rowan‘s life, but her experience of the Lord based on her seeing Him in the Word is clearly visible in her hymn. As 2 Corinthians 5:14 mentions. Miss Rowan was one who was constrained by the love of Christ. She states:

What has stripped the seeming beauty from the idols of the earth?

Not a sense of right or duty but the sight of peerless worth.

To her, she did not need to regretfully or painfully give up things and elements of the world. She was one who heard the Lord, saw the Lord, and knew the Lord. He was the most beautiful One, and she could not but give her entire being to such a One. ”

(Truth and Experience)

“This text is one of the best I know of the topic of idolatry and the central idea that 19 century Scottish Presbyterian Thomas Chalmers develops in his sermon, ‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection. ’”

What can strip the seeming beauty,

From the idols of the earth?

Not a sense of right or duty,

But the sight of peerless worth.

“It is only as we see the beauty of Jesus that we can be set free from our love of idols. It’s not enough to see what we are to do, we must be captured by a greater beauty than the false gods that compete for our heart’s affection. ”

‘Tis that look at melted Peter,

‘Tis that face that Steven saw,

‘Tis the heart that melted Mary,

Can alone from idols draw.

“There is nothing more powerful than seeing the mercy of God expressed in the person of Jesus. As Romans 2:4 teaches us, God’s mercy and kindness is designated to lead to repentance and in Jesus the mercy and kindness of God appeared” (Titus 2:11).

(Indelible Grace Hymn Book)


Believer

San Francisco, California, United States

But the beaming of His beauty, The unveiling of His hear !!!!! Lord Jesus! Makes us ready for your coming!


MB

Philippines

There's an edification story with reference to the first stanza of this hymn from the book "On Going Full-Time":

'Lending a Broken Umbrella to the Queen'

One rainy day, an unfamiliar lady came knocking on an old lady's shanty to borrow an umbrella. The old lady reluctantly lend her a broken umbrella. The following day, the royal guards came to the old lady and returned the broken umbrella. The old lady shamefully said, "If I have known earlier that she was the queen, I would have lend her a better umbrella."

The reason why your consecration today is so pitiful is because you have not known who He is.

There's also a quote from that book which says, "The Lord does not strip you of your pursuit in the world. But when you see the best, you will spontaneous throw away the rest."

What caused us to throw away our idols and give ourselves to the Lord is not some kind of regulation, it is the result of our seeing and knowing the One with peerless worth.


Frank Pytel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

“If a man would give all the substance of his house for love” – S. of S. 8:7. There is no treasure on earth that could be given to match the value of the love of Christ. His love strips away the attraction of so many inward idols, and destroys the worldly idols that once occupied and delighted our hearts.


Anonymous

San Jose, CA, United States

'Tis that look that melted Peter (Luke 22:61-62)

'Tis that face that Stephen saw (Acts 7:55-60)

'Tis that heart that wept with Mary (John 11:32-35)

Can alone from idols draw (1 John 5:21)


Dawn Citto

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

How Marvellous is our Lord!

Draw & wind & fill completely,

Till the cup overflow the brim.

What have we to do with Idols?

Who have companied with Him?

Thank you for Your Beaming Beauty,

You are all together Lovely, precious Lord,

we Your many sons Love YOU!!!


Herber Ramirez

Fontana, CA, United States

I was touched by the following stanza:

“Tis that look that melted Peter,

’Tis that face that Stephen saw,

’Tis that heart that wept with Mary,

Can alone from idols draw[. ]”

Lord Jesus, we love You! Thank You for captivating us with Your beauty. Oh Lord, we just long to know You more. Lord, You are excellent. Amen.


Ryan Danek

United States

Lord draw me, and win me.

The issue of experiencing God's appearing is always consecration. When we meet God, we spontaneously say, "Lord, everything that is mine is for You. I let You live in every situation." We often give messages on consecration. However, our messages cannot produce consecration. Consecration is not produced from our speaking. Consecration is brought forth after a person has met God. We can give people a mental understanding of consecration and teach them the significance of consecration. But no amount of listening to messages can cause a person to consecrate himself. A genuine and meaningful consecration is brought forth only after a person experiences God's appearing. Only "the sight of peerless worth" (Hymns, #437, stanza 3) can cause us to offer ourselves to the Lord.

Only the face of tears that Peter saw, only the face of glory into which Stephen looked, and only the heart that wept with Mary can keep us away from the idols, the attractions, of this world. The Bible tells us that Jesus wept with Mary (John 11:35). Have you ever heard that God weeps? Many say that Jesus came to express God, but they mainly refer to the miracles He did, not to the tears that He shed.