A pastor and his song leader were "on the outs". When the
sermon was on commitment, the songster selected "I Shall Not
Be Moved." When the selected sermon was on gossiping, the
song called was "I Love to Tell the Story." When at the end of
the sermon, the pastor said he was considering retiring, the
selected song was "O Why Not Tonight."
It seems there is a hymn for every situation. Do you ever thumb
through the pages of a hymnal and just read some of those great
texts? If your church is one of those that no longer uses hymnals,
my heart hurts for you because you are being deprived of a
fabulous library of Christian teaching, doctrine and experience.
When you are discouraged, read "All you may need He will
provide, God will take care of you. Nothing you ask will be
denied, God will take care of you."
When you are lonely and feel neglected, read "There's not an hour
that He is not near us, No, not one! No night so dark but His love
can cheer us, No, not one! There are so many more, but we're out
of space. Search the hymnal on your own. You'll find a hymn
for every need. Your spirit will be lifted.
Immediately following the disciples last supper with Jesus, Matt.
26:30 says, "When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the
Mount of Olives." What a wonderful way to end the time of
communion with their Lord. I wonder if they had a torchlit
overhead projector. They must have sung a Psalm from memory,
much like many of our songs today. You can't go wrong with a
5+5+5+5 There needs to be a higher rating, for those of us who cannot stop laughing. Laughing at a truth we see as honestly as the writer. And, laughing due to irony. I love the hymns - I sing them to myself all day long. But, every weekend I play in a "worship" band, while the projecter puts words on a screen. I can play guitar to this new music, but I never find myself singing "praise & worship" dribble while I'm at work. It's only the hymns. Thank you so much. Keep it up!