by Steve Wagers

My, My, My!
Steve Wagers
Psalm 27: 1


One of the greatest men of God that I have ever become acquainted with through the printed page, is a man by the name of A. J. Gordon. A preacher of the 19th century, Gordon was the famous pastor of the Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gordon was born on April 19, 1836 in New Hampton, New Hampshire, and died on February 2, 1895. His accomplishments in the ministry were grand, for after graduating Newton Theological Seminary he was ordained, and in 1870 called to pastor Clarendon Street in Boston. While there, he became a personal, and a close friend of D. L. Moody, and even helped Moody in various evangelistic efforts. However, what Adoniram Gordon is best known for is becoming the pioneer Baptist missionary to Burma. It was there that he converted the Bible in the Burmese language, and led thousands of people to Christ. In fact, if you travel to a small cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, behind the First Baptist Church, you will find a small, secluded cemetery. In it you would find the grave of Judson, and on his tombstone you would read the words:

Rev. Adoniram Judson
BORN: April 19, 1836
DIED: February 2, 1895
Malden His Birthplace
The Ocean His Sepulcher
Converted Burmans, and the Burmese
Bible His Monument

In 1870, however, Judson found a hymn in The London Hymn Book that had been written by William Featherston. It consisted of nothing but words; however, it was Gordon who composed, and put music to it. One day while thinking of what God had done for him, to him, and with him; and, the many battles that God had brought him through, both in Burma and in Boston, Gordon composed what I believe to be one of the greatest hymns ever written. He gave us the hymn:

"My Jesus, I love Thee,
I know Thou art mine
For The all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou
If ever I loved Thee ...

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