Over the past few Sundays we have been learning “In Tenderness”, written in 1894 by W. Spencer Walton, originally titled “In Tenderness He Sought Me.” This beautiful, melodious song reminds us Jesus is both tough and tender. He loves us, and will do whatever it takes to bring us back to Him, to His fold, as the Good Shepherd.
Walton was a missionary in Durban South Africa in the 19th century. About 1889, he founded The Sailor’s Rest in the city of Durban, Natal – Eastern South Africa. He ministered to the spiritual needs of seaman there. During the Boer War, he distributed Bibles to the English soldiers. Walton’s missionary work is known mainly through the books and pamphlets he wrote. He is also credited with writing this hymn.
Each of us have a story that is being written as we continually grow in our understanding of who God is, what He has done, and who we are. Out of this new life flows a new way of living because of the Gospel. Before all of our attempts at a good and godly life, we experience this truth; "In tenderness He sought us and died for us, while we were weary and sick with sin".
In tenderness he sought me, weary and sick with sin
and on His shoulders brought me, back to His fold again
While angels in His presence sang, until the courts of heaven rang.
He died for me while I was sinning, needy and poor and blind
He whispered to assure me: "I've found thee; thou art Mine"
I never heard a sweeter voice, it made my aching heart rejoice.
Upon His grace I'll daily ponder, and sing anew His praise
With all adoring wonder, His blessings I retrace
It seems as if eternal days, are far too short to sing His praise.
Oh, the love that sought me!
Oh, the blood that bought me!
Oh, the grace that brought me to the fold of God
Grace that brought me to the fold of God.
Post Author: Jason Housley