“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
Remarkably, Scott and I once saw Aretha Franklin in concert in NYC at Radio City Music Hall about 15 years ago. She ended the concert with about 20 or 30 minutes of singing praise songs and it was amazing. A completely secular event that turned into a praise and worship session! It was a great blessing.
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Amazing! Thanks for sharing . . .
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