Music is a deep longing in my soul, a massive part of me. A wonderful classic hymn has been rattling around in my head for days. I have played it on the piano over and over. My husband sang it with me. I played it at church and when the congregation sang it I had “glory bumps” (better than goose bumps).
The lovely melody and the precious words continue to come back to me. I love it. The thoughts are coming to me for a reason. God must want me to share it.
Recently I read an interesting article explaining the process of language translation from Greek to English. Amazing it is that the phrase, “I Think” does not translate from Greek to English or from English to Greek. Greek does not have an understanding of the phrase. The closest translation is: “A thought came to me”. I am impressed and inspired.
Our thoughts come from somewhere. I believe it is all in what we seek.
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. ( 2 Corinthians 3:5)
God gives us the free will to think for ourselves and we can consciously choose thoughts to dwell on. Living the kingdom life requires listening to God. If we grow spiritually we do so by listing unto Him. Leaning always in His direction not in our own.
Scripture tells us to think on things pure and lovely, heavenly things.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
Kingdom dwellers are not immune to negative, ugly, dishonest, unjust, bad thoughts. We do know that when bad thoughts come they are not from God. We can consciously replace them with thought of His truth, love, mercy and grace.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
By concentrating our thoughts on the things of God we will have positive thinking pattern develop. We train our brains to be positive thinkers. Our thoughts are in what we seek.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7 KJV)
In my quest to seek, I want to find things pure and lovely, heavenly things. I find what I seek and I seek what I find. I do not understand it all. We are not meant to understand everything. Faith is trust believing God,our strength to persevere.
Consider Psalm 139----“I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too. Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!”(Psalm 139:5-6 The Message)
I hope you are familiar with the tune to the hymn which continues to be welcomed in my thoughts. Sharing it is a pleasure as I get to read the words absorbing them into my mind again.
“Farther Along” is a classic southern gospel hymn. Copyrighted in 1937 by Stamps-Baxter Music Company in “Starlit Crown”. Words written by Reverend W.B. Stevens and the music by J.R. Baxter, Jr.
I praise Jesus for these men of God who faithfully listened to God and penned these words as, ‘the thoughts came to them’, many years ago. Timeless treasures such as these should always grace our Churches and Homes. It has always been a favorite of mine.♫♫♪♫♫
Tempted and tried, we’re oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested, tho in the wrong.
When death has come and taken our loved ones
It leaves our home so lonely and drear
Then do we wonder why others prosper
Living so wicked year after year.
Faithful til death said our loving Master
A few more days to labor and wait
Toils of the road will then seem as nothing
When we sweep thru the beautiful gate.
WHEN WE SEE JESUS COMING IN GLORY
WHEN HE COMES FROM HIS HOME IN THE SKY
THEN WE SHALL MEET HIM IN THAT BRIGHT MANSION
WE’LL UNDERSTAND IT ALL BY AND BY
Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brother
Live in the sunshine
We’ll understand it
all by and by
Think on those things—live in the Sonshine!!♫
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing♫