Joy in Music
Music has always been part of my life.
Listening to music and lifting my voice in praise to God is another way that I “fill up”.
My musical ability is limited but its development was helped along by:
Singing with my Mom while doing dishes after meals.
Taking piano lessons for years.
Using my voice to praise God in solos (not often), in duets with my sister and other people, in double duets with friends and in a couple of trios. If you attend church regularly, or are newer to attending worship services, some of those combinations of making music may be new to you.
Having the privilege of participating in a girls’ choir in my home church during my teens. We were called the Belles of Song. We had regular practices and even toured in southern and central Alberta for a couple of weekends during two different summers, if I remember correctly. It was so much fun.
I was always sad that I could not play the piano “by ear” or without music in front of me. My Mom and my sister both had that amazing ability, but, alas, it was not gifted to me. Eventually I came to a place of peace about that.
I tried to play classical music through the Royal Conservatory of Music but that was not for me, either. However, I did develop a deep love for that genre of music. I have always said that one of the greatest sacrifices Mr. Van could ever make for me would be to take me to the Symphony. Not his choice of music at all…
One of our Senior Pastors that I had the privilege to serve with (there were five of them) often said that God has re-written the hymnbook a few times over the course of history. I grew up in a time when hymns were still sung regularly but “choruses” were just beginning to come into the church. It seems that God used the youth movement—and possibly the “Jesus movement” to change the face of worship in the church in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
I Know Whom I Have Believed
I have a few favorite hymns.
“I Know Whom I Have Believed” was a favorite as I entered my teen years. It was written based in 2 Timothy 1:12, ESV,
But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
The words to this song were written by a man named Daniel Webster Whittle who lived from 1840-1901.
One of the neat things that I discovered in doing some research on Major Whittle is that he wrote the words for several other hymns that I have also enjoyed over the years—“Banner of the Cross”; Showers of Blessing”; and “Moment by Moment”.
So why do I share about this particular hymn?
I have always loved the words because I believed what they were saying…
I don’t know why God chose to redeem me, but I am thankful He sought me out and brought me to Himself.
I do believe that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until the day I walk into heaven.
I don’t know why I have been able to grasp that it is only through God’s grace that I will recognize my sin and grow in my faith, but I do.
Neither do I know what the future holds as far as health, wealth, relationships, or pace of life…
BUT I do know that I desire to say, with deep conviction, that I AM BELIEVING GOD.
The study, Believing God, by Beth Moore has also had a deep impact on my life in the last few years. Beth taught us a Belief Statement that is good to reiterate every morning as we wake up to face the day.
I’m Believing God (my personal version)
God, You are Who You say You are.
God, You can do what You say You can do.
God, I am who You say I am.
God, I can do all things through You who gives me strength.
God, Your Word is alive and active in me.
And who do YOU believe today?
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