I love music. Every type bar heavy metal. I appreciate all gospel music, as long as it agrees with my spirit. Play me CeCe Winans for the reflective moments, or J Moss for some christian feel me good, or Phillipa Hanna for some empowerment, or Lara George for some afro-christian music. Sometimes Haydn does me well, Bach or Maksim (I am trying to learn Claudine) do me well. Oh, how can I forget Forever Jones and Chevelle Franklin?
But no lyrics cater to the deep depths of the heart other than Hymns.
Hymns. Oh hymns. Like “I always go to Jesus, when troubled or distressed. I always find a refuge upon His loving breast. I tell Him all my trials, I tell Him all my grief, and whilst my lips are speaking, He give my heart relief.” Have you heard of “it is well with my soul”, especially when you feel so far and lost, like God doesn’t care…if He did, He wouldn’t allow me to go through this and that!
Oh, have you heard that “He died of a broken heart”, and when you have really messed up, you can come to God begging Him that “No, not distrustingly come I to thee”, and whilst you sing that, the joy of Heaven floods your heart with “Blessed Assurance” that “Grace! Tis a Charming Sound”.
Did you know that “Conquerors and overcomers now are we” if we “simply trusting everyday” “The God who led His people through the parted sea”?
“O for a faith that will not shrink” as “it is not meet for saints to fear”, because we are “safe in the arms of Jesus”?
The list goes on and on.
I value each word in each hymn. I am annoyed at the ones I do not remember the verses completely because they have become a lifeline, a source, each word I savour and cherish. These people who wrote them, wrote then from divine inspiration and the lyrics are transcendent, so relevant to a young woman in 2020.
So when Apostle Paul wrote this to the Colossians, he knew what he was saying!
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16 KJV)
So, I would like to encourage you to commit some of these hymns to memory, create a hymn bank. It will become useful one day, in the desert of life where a book is not available (or you really aren’t in the mind set to even open one), but the bank of hymns to will start to reap its natural dividends. And just like me, these spiritual songs start to encourage you beyond measure!
I ask Lord Jesus to please “Abide with me” until morning.