Love Lifted Me

This hymn was composed simultaneously with James humming the tune and Howard playing it on the piano and writing down the music.

Lyrics: James Rowe
Music: Howard E. Smith

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.

Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

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3 Responses to “Love Lifted Me”

  1. Shari Walter says:

    Once of my favorites – was one of my Grandma’s favorite hymns too.

  2. Christine says:

    it was sung in the worship service this morning at ACCCNW in Marietta, GA.!
    isn’t that wonderful!
    i was asked to lead their choir retreat this past weekend.
    i usually would sing it in a little bit faster tempo to have a better momentum.
    this is one of my favorite since junior high.
    thank you for posting it.

  3. Kerry says:

    When I have time later I will most definitely be bringing to the awareness of my friends and family this treasured website.

    It it something I am sure that has been raised by many others before me, but I find myself puzzled by the fact that there seem to be no new hymns of such quality, power, and grace written anymore.

    While there have been some very good chorus songs written in recent years, and certainly many excellent Christian songs sung by Christian artists, nonetheless, unless I have missed them somewhere, beautifully worded hymns with equally beautiful music seem to no longer be written.

    The same can be said for classical music. I have listened to ‘modern’ classical music, operas, and for that matter ‘modern’ jazz, and I have yet to hear anything that comes even close to ‘classic’ music of the past.

    By the way, in one of my earlier comments I mentioned how your playing evokes thoughts of the past. Well, upon further reflection I am moved to write that there is also a timeless quality to your performance of these hymns.Perhaps then, that is what is occurring here for me, the timeless nature of the themes with which these hymns deal, and the thoughts and emotions they express.

    In His Name, and for His Glory,


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