Some years ago, I began attending a weekly Bible Study that always started with devotions which included hymns. Most times these were hymns that I knew but sung faster than I was accustomed and sometimes with not as much expression. At first, it was a real turn off and of course, the Lord dealt with me. “It really is about the words, Pat. Focus on the words, rejoice in the words and not the beat.” It is a lesson that has served me well and has grown me to love most music no matter the genre. It simply needs to be sound doctrine. There is sometimes a great blessing in simply reading lyrics…there is a story and as long as it points to God, it will lead me to worship.
So…I have been praying, seeking the Lord…”it is Easter, what do You want to say through Your ministry, Beholding Him Ministries?”
This is my absolute favorite, well-blessed time of the year. It is a time that I really focus on God’s love, amazing grace, tender mercy, and the death, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus! I start early so when Easter/Resurrection Sunday gets here, my heart is overflowing with love and worship for Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I spend much time in the Scriptures and devotions that cause me to ponder…not the quick in and quick out but I stay with it constantly, asking God to minister to my heart that true worship, transformation, and a real celebration would take place.
So…one day, someone remarked to me that they don’t like those songs that say the same thing over and over. I have heard even ministers declare them to be empty words. My response was “well, what do you do with the Scriptures that do the same…especially in the Psalms?” Hallelujah, Amen, Bless the Lord, His mercy endures forever, and etc. The point was received.
I explained that the repetitiveness helps me move the words from my mouth…to my mind…to my heart where true worship takes place. Sometimes I need a moment to let everything else go and let there be just ‘me and God, better said – God and me.’ And when you get there, in the very presence of God, the words just keep flowing your heart and out your mouth as you worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23 says, “for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.”
So…I’m driving, praying and pondering today and this song comes on the radio that brings tears to my eyes. At the Cross…I believe I am to share it with you. Blessed Easter to you…all praises to the King of kings and the Lord of lords, Jesus the Christ!