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Sing and give praise


We are so blessed by music in our services and the words that God has provided to us by authors and those words challenge us, excite us as we think of God’s graciousness, and sometimes they cause us to just thank God for all His blessings.

Let’s look at some hymns and think about the message contained therein.

How about the song, “Where He Leads Me”? The chorus of this song says, “Where He leads me I will follow, I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.” As we sing this, do we really mean those words? Are we seeking His direction in our daily lives and will we follow Him all the way?

Another hymn that presents words that challenge us is “Lift High the Cross.” The chorus says, “Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim. Till all the world adore His sacred name.” Do we lift the Cross in our daily lives? Do we have an attitude of glory to Him in every action, in every word each day? Since we are human, we all fail some of the time, but is it our goal to stand tall for Him and reflect His love in our every action?

Looking again at a hymn in our services, we have the song, “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian.” The last verse of this song says, “Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart, in my heart.” Is that our daily goal? Do we want to be like Jesus each day, all day, all the time?

As mortals and humans, we have a wonderful song titled, “Grace Greater than Our Sin.” From this hymn we can claim His love. We can claim the grace that comes from our Eternal Father and to quote a few words from the chorus, we have “God’s grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin!” We can be cleansed from sin because of the glorious grace of our Father. When we sing that, do we rejoice in that knowledge of His loving grace? Someone has penned the words that say grace means God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. We need to always rejoice in the love and the knowledge that we can be forgiven, not because we are wonderful, but because our Heavenly Father loves us beyond measure and will forgive us and let us worship at His table.

A few weeks ago, our talented piano player, Leticia Rodriguez, blessed us with this song: “Do You See Jesus in Me?” As she sang, everyone was touched by the words and by her beautiful voice. Here is another song that brings a challenge to each of us. Do we shine for Jesus? Can people see our heavenly Father in our lives? Do we glow in our daily lives for the Christ in us?

“Jesus Is All the World to Me” is another song that we can sing and rejoice in His vast love. A verse in this song says, “Following Him by day and night, He’s my Friend.” What a beautiful message. He is all the world to us and we can follow Him day and night, all the time.

Let’s rejoice together with Our Heavenly Father, praise the name of the Lord.

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