Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What are we listening to?

This week, let's share what hymns or songs have been a blessing to us. We are told to be
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)
and Paul also said,
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17)
The realities of God and Christ, and creation and salvation, and heaven and hell are simply too great for mere speaking; they must also be sung.

If we are in tune with Him, our hearts will overflow with words of praise and love. Also if we are in tune with Him, sometimes our hearts will cry out in songs that express our sadness and our deep desire for His peace.
Recently this hymn has meant a great deal to me:
The king of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul he leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love he sought me,
And on his shoulder gently laid,
And home rejoicing brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no I'll
With thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread'st a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And O what transport of delight
From thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never:
Good shepherd, may I sing thy praise
Within thy house for ever.

What are you listening to? And are you singing to Him?


Lisa said...

What a beautiful poem! Not sure I 'know' this hymn.... but seems based on Psalm 23? A favorite.

Cathy said...

Be thou my Vision, by fernando Otega.