Reminding ourselves where we run to when we're burdened, empty, and afraid is so important. Being reminded of the father heart of God is also critical as we learn that His arms are open and ready to hold us.
The Bible speaks of the dangers of putting ourselves and our preferences over others, and even though we might believe we’ve got a good spiritual reason for liking or disliking a certain form of worship, God’s Word gives us reasons not to condemn something that is ultimately for Him. Here are four dangers of condemning worship styles we don’t like.
When you try to create a list of 10 hymns that never get old, the first problem is you are only limited to ten. This by itself means that your ten and my ten are going to be different. With that in mind, I will present a list of ten hymns that have stuck to my soul over the years, not just because of the melody but because of their timeless messages. I will ask for grace upfront because I know I will probably leave out a hymn you think should be on the list. I will not attempt to rank these in any order because that would be an almost impossible task for me. Whichever hymn landed number one today would most likely be related to how it is ministering to me at that moment, so number one would always be changing. Aside from that, my more significant prayer is as you go through the list that these hymns' melodies and messages would resonate in your soul. Hopefully, they will bless you and lead you to a place of worship because that is what they do for me.Here are 10 hymns that never get old:
Part of me is absolutely thrilled to see God moving so powerfully in the next generation. But I also have some reservations—are people just joining in an emotional moment? How can we tell if a specific revival is from God?
In his book, Doxology and Theology, Matt Boswell says this:When the church is gathered together in the name of God, only singing which glorifies Him is appropriate. We don’t sing corporately because it was our idea. We sing because it was God’s idea for His people. Since it is God who has commanded us to sing, it is God who will also determine what kind of songs we will sing. We are to sing to Him and for Him. Our songs are not meant to be entertainment, or a distraction from God. (Boswell, 7)This means we sing for the purpose of pleasing God and to edify one another. And God is pleased and we are edified by the truth of Scripture. An implication of this is that what matters most in the songs we sing as a gathered church is not whether or not we like the songs but whether or not they share biblical truth accurately.There are a few classic hymns which I believe have a tendency to teach us bad theology. I do not believe in the long term they edify the body. I love to sing some of these songs, they have sentimental appeal. But there are certain things taught within these six hymns which give me pause.Photo courtesy: Unsplash.com/@mgmaasen
Remind your grieving heart that worship is not exclusive to your Sunday morning gathering. You can worship the Lord in your heart as you weep under the covers of your bed by surrendering to his will. You can worship the Lord as you remember your loved one and thank God for the time you had together. Acknowledging that he is your provider in a season of loss can be an act of worship.
Shepherds were considered among the lowest caste of society and the very poor commonly ate sycamore figs. Amos’ background adds irony to God’s choice for a spokesman because the wealthy oppressed the poor.