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 🙂
Every so often hymn and a moment in your life intersect and you know that those words and that tune will carry you all the way to the Gates of the Celestial City. This is the one for me.
Too often the church and its worship can become routine and and end up excluding precious Children of God.
Singing a new song in a different way allows room for the wind of the Holy Spirit to call and challenge us.