Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This evening in prayer meeting we had a closer look at the hymns we sing in church, how they came about, what prompted the song writer and his faith in God. They come with such deep meaning, you can tell the song writer had such a close walk with God. I have experienced in other church's how they have gotton away from using the old hymn's but I did notice that when they used and old hymn in the music that was when God's presence could be felt. I am not saying new music is wrong when it comes from a heart fully surrendered to God but there is so much to say for the wonderful songs that, Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts and so many more wrote. Just think of these titles, "It is well with my soul", "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", "Stand up, Stand Up, for Jesus" just to name a few. You can tell the desires of the heart from these songs and we can sing them with the same assurance. "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, oh what a fortaste of glory devine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born in the spirit washed in his blood. This is my story, this is my song, praising saviour all the day long. This is my story this is my song praising my saviour all the day long", I like how the song also says " Perfect submission all is at rest, I in my Saviour am happy and blessed. Watching and waiting looking above filled with his goodness lost in his love." Isn't that beautiful. Sometimes in church when I am singing along with these wonderful songs God's presence can be felt and he fills me with his blessed assurance. I hopeyour experience with God has brought you to a place where your walk is right beside Jesus, like so many of these song writers. They didn't write for noteriety or to win awards but they did become some of greatest gospel song writers this world will ever know. And as another songs says "God be with you till we meet again" whether it be on this earth or at the day of judgement I can only hope and pray that it will only to be welcomed my Christ our Lord into his kingdom for eternity.