Every so often we are ‘gifted’ a song by someone else. it seems as if it comes straight out of Right Field but settles so neatly in our hearts that the umpire shouts ‘Safe’ and our lives are transformed…
Many of us grow our faith in churches where the worship tradition draws us closer to God and, if we are not careful or kind, we can easily forget that God ‘inhabits the praises of His people’ even if it does not seem particularly tuneful to us. It is helpful to remind us that, whatever type of music or instruments are used, God is always present wherever God’s Name is honoured.
Most of God’s saints live their lives being faithfully unnoticed by the world or even those they serve. We should be diligent to thank them for their service and encourage them in their labours and, perhaps, learn to labour alongside them.
If you want a hymns of praise sung loud and long and with feeling ask a group of teenagers to sing for you.
You will need ear defenders.
Work songs are found allover the world. Sometimes a song of praise is a reminder of our call to work for others.
The Family of God, like any other family, does not always live in harmony. However Sunday by Sunday we are able together and use broken bread to help make us whole again.
All too easily, as Matt REdman sang, worhsip can become ‘all about me’. We need to always remember that our own redemption is lived out most fully when we share it wiht others.
Sometimes following the Way of the Cross leads to moments of personal crucifixion. In those times songs about the generous love of our Beloved carry us through the darkness
Children want to worship God as much as adults do. We hinder their growth in faith when they are given only ‘grown-up’ hymns to sing or are fed on a diety of over simple ‘childish’ songs.
On the Day of Pentecost people praised God in many different languages. There is much to be gained by stepping out of the comfort zone of your Mother Tongue and choosing to praise the Lord in an unfamiliar language of fellow members of the Body of Christ. Geniet di reis 🙂