The hymn, "Jesus I Come," was written by William True Sleeper in 1887. Mr. Sleeper was born in 1819 in New Hampshire and died in 1904 in Massachusetts. He was a pastor in the American Congregational Church.
As I listened to the song recently and heard again the words, "Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night, into thy freedom, gladness, and light," I at once thought of 1 Peter 2:9 which says, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. The very idea of coming from a world of darkness into God’s marvelous light brings a soul stirring blessing. Various places in Scripture tell me that Jesus is the light of the world. John 8:12 tells me that those who follow Him shall not walk in darkness. I know I can turn on a light or carry a flashlight after dark, but in my spiritual walk I sometimes find a place that seems darker than usual. Then I call on Jesus. I know there is no other light in this extreme darkness. The spiritual darkness that I sometimes face can only be lit by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. He will completely light my world and the darkness is gone. Even the shadows are nothing to fear when I walk close to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It’s always a blessing to hear the old hymns sung as they compare to the scripture and remind me of God’s wonderful love, power, mercy, and grace.