Sunday, December 26, 2021

Daily Devotion: Anywhere With Jesus

Bible Reading: Daniel 6:10-24

Key Verse: Verse 22 – “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”

Key Words: My God hath sent his angel

The theme for this song came to Dr. D. B. Towner as he was listening to a message given by D. L. Moody.  It was in Binghamton, New York, in 1866 and it was one of the meetings in which Dr. Towner was associated with Mr. Moody.  It is also one of the first songs that he wrote.

Mr. Moody’s sermon was filled with the challenge that with Christ as the captain of one’s life you could go anywhere without fear for God would see you through.  He drew his illustrations from the Bible and introduced Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, the Apostle Paul, and others – Moody made them come to life!

Mused Towner, “There ought to be a song written with that theme.”  Usually, a writer of that time would first secure the words before attempting a melody; but he decided that he would write the melody first and try to put into it the special feeling he felt was needed for such a song.  After he had completed the music, he sent it on to Cleveland, Ohio.  There lived a young lady named Jessie Brown who had a God-given gift for writing sacred poems.  With the song, Mr. Towner included a note telling Miss Brown that he wanted the song to say “Anywhere with Jesus.”  As Miss Brown played the music, she was able to catch the spirit in which Mr. Towner had written it and in a very short time had written a set of words making “Anywhere with Jesus” a complete song.  Soon the Sunday Schools and Christian Endeavor societies had made it their more popular Gospel song.

In 1896, Jessie Brown became the wife of Rev. John E. Pounds.  It is because of this, that the name Jessie Brown Pounds is now usually used on her songs. 

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely
Anywhere He leads me in this world
Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade;
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid.

Anywhere!  Anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

What to do:
✞ Is Christ the Captain of your life?  If so, you can go anywhere with Jesus.

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