Reflection – Isaiah 55, Psalm 25 and words to Hymn ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’ (Tune Kingsfold)

The words written by Horatius Bonar of ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’ reflect the sense of Isaiah 55 and Psalm 25 and are comforting.  The piano improvisation by Jonathan Tan on the tune ‘Kingsfold’ provides a moving background while reading the words:
‘Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty, though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat; and, at no cost, wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not bread, your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live……..’


I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till traveling days are done.

Psalm 25 (v4-5)
O LORD, make me know your ways.
Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God of my salvation.
I have hoped in you all day long.