“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” Martin Luther
Does your church sing praise songs? Probably. Hymns? Those, too, I imagine. I have some favorites such as “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” and “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” I would think that, by now, you’re thinking of your favorites, too.
But, there are times when I am going through my day and I just want to sing a song to Jesus. Sometimes I choose the standard fare from church, but there are other times when only a good old-fashioned love song will do. Here’s one I’m singing to him lately:
“This is where I want to be, here with you so close to me –
until the final flicker of life’s ember.”*
It says so much: I like having him close. I want to stay in that space where I can sense his presence until the day I die.
Then there I times that I imagine he sings to me, too – maybe something like this one:
“Call me, don’t be afraid you can call me. Maybe it’s late, but just call me.
Call me and I’ll be around.“**
A friend confided recently, “Sometimes I sing him songs – and not always the ones I Iearn in church.” I found out there was someone who showed love to Jesus in the same way I do. How about you? He might like to hear a love song from you right now!
“But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.” – Psalm 13:5-6
*From “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gene Lees
**From “Call Me,” written by Aretha Franklin