Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home…
“There is a song the Jubilee singers used to sing, which begins, “swing low, sweet chariot.” I am sure I do not know what the singers mean by the expression; and so I give it a meaning of my own, and say that I am right glad when a promise swings so low that I can get into it.
Surely a promise from God is a chariot lined with love, drawn upward by winged steeds, which bear our hearts aloft; and it is a mercy when it swings as low as the text:
“to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.'”*
– Charles Spurgeon
* From his sermon, Trembling at the Word of the Lord, 1889, Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington