Go Up, My Heart

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Jesus called God’s command to “love the LORD [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] might” (Deuteronomy 6:5) the “greatest commandment” since all of the aspects of the law, including our duties to God and fellow man, stand or fall on the depth of our love to them. The depth of the love that God requires and deserves is staggering. The Pentateuch records the elaborate duties that God gave to His people that were to be an expression of their love for Him. And those rituals are indicative of an even more pervasive, all-of-life, kind of spiritual service that God requires of us. Horatius Bonar understood this love and desired to give all of himself, including His heart, to God. But he also realized that our hearts are naturally deceitful and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9) and incapable of loving God on our own. We naturally orient our lives around, find security and satisfaction in, and spend our time thinking about the things of this world. We were made to be satisfied in the only truly satisfying object of our love – God Himself. This song is plea, both with our hearts to leave the empty things of this world, and with God who alone has the power to draw out our affections to drink from His “fountain of delights.” (Psalm 36:8)


             (Show Original Wordings)
Go up, go up, my heart,
And dwell with God above;
For here you cannot find
A satisfying love.
Don't set your love upon
These things so stained and dim;
Go up to meet with God,
Take up your love to Him.

Go up, my heart, go up
To the fountain of delights.
Go up, my heart, go up
To the source of all joy, Jesus Christ.

Go up, go up, my heart,
Don't spend your treasure here:
Ascend above these clouds,
Soar to a higher sphere.
Don't waste your precious stores
On creature-love below;
To God that wealth belongs,
On Him that wealth bestow.

Words by Horatius Bonar (1808-89) & David L. Ward. Music by David L. Ward.
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