Saturday Morning Devotional
Keep a Song in Your Heart
I have found that almost everyone loves music! I have also noticed that there are two basic types of music lovers – ones who love the melody and ones who love the lyrics. Although I do love melodies, the lyrics are my favorite part of the song. I guess the important thing is just to keep a song in your heart.
Having a husband in the ministry, I have gotten to see how different churches do music differently. Some churches sing different songs, some sing all the verses, and some tend to leave out verses. I grew up with a song leader who always left out the third verse if the song had more than three verses. It wasn’t until we were at a church in Point, Texas that I really got to hear and appreciate those left out verses. They really complete the story the hymnist was trying to make. Now I find that if a verse is ever left out, I have to go back and read the verse on my own.
On the other hand, there are many songs I have sung for years that I love, but it is almost like I sing them on auto-pilot. If I catch myself in this trance-like singing, I have to go back and reread the lyrics. It can be so easy to sing without thinking about the words. At least when I am in the car I can hit the repeat button. I will replay a song over and over to hear certain lyrics.
I would love to share some lyrics that stand out to me in songs. Some of these will probably be familiar to you.
- “This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise, to see the everlasting prize, And shout while passing thru the air, ‘Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer.'” “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
- “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” “What a Friend”
- “No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found…” “Joy to the World”
- “And men at war with men hear not, the love song which they bring. O hush the noise, ye men of strife, and hear the angels sing.” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
- “Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it. Seal it for Thy courts above.” “Come Thou Fount”
- “O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife. who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life.” “America the Beautiful”
- “I’m alive, even though a part of me has died. You take my heart and breathe it back to life. I’ll fall into Your arms open wide when the hurt and the Healer collide. “The Hurt and the Healer” by MercyMe
- If you haven’t heard this song or paid attention to the lyrics, see the video here.
- “When Heaven seems beyond my reach, You still see eternity in me. You’re turning ashes into art, cause that’s just the kind of God You are.” “God You Are” by We Are Messengers
- You can see this video and listen to the rest of the lyrics here.
Although I love the music in all of these songs, it is the lyrics that really stand out to me. If you read them carefully, I think you will agree with me. Regardless of which gets your attention, just keep a song in your heart.
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I will be sending out the October Menu on Sunday. If anyone has a good Low-Carb meal they want to share, please do! I am needing some fresh ideas. Until then…
Have a Grace & Joy-filled Day!
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“When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 94:19