Psalm 124 – RE-worded and applied specifically to me

If the LORD had not been on my side – [watching over me from my mother’s womb; all of my life]

Let everything within me say, if the LORD had not been on my side – [giving me grace and mercy to endure my childhood]

When people hurt me – [when so many people hurt me and those I loved]

They would have swallowed me alive – [they would have won through the pain I endured]

The flood would have engulfed me – [my many years of abuse, neglect and abandonment would have led me to drown in sorrow and anger]

The torrent would have swept over me – [I would have never been able to hear GOD]

The raging waters would have swept me away – [the rage and unforgiveness would have kept me from any trust in GOD]

Praise be to the LORD Who has not let me be torn by their teeth – [Thank You LORD for not letting them be the death of me]

I have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare – [I become more and more free from the enemy’s lies and schemes]

My help is in the Name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth – [The LORD’s Name comforts me and gives me sweet peace because He knows all of my ways and loves me still]

— May His joy and my joy in Him be my strength —

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Honest worship through song

A dear friend of mine once told me she was at home doing housework and was singing a hymn as she worked.  She said the LORD rebuked her because she wasn’t singing as a matter of worship, but singing for the sake of singing.

I’ve thought about that recently from reading a post on Facebook about my mother’s generation being brought up singing hymns in church. It was said that [men] don’t sing in most churches today because the song part of the service is more like a concert. There are hardly any churches that sing hymns at all anymore.

Now, I was also brought up singing the “old time” hymns. I like some of them a lot. Some bring me to worship of the LORD. But in all honesty, there are a couple that annoyed me. One in particular still annoys me. “Bringing in the sheaves”.  Now, I don’t recall all of the words to it, but that song is one I would just sing because it is positive, but not as a song of worship per se.

I’ve been in a couple of churches that use the more “modern” format of a concert. Personally, I don’t like it. Not because I think it’s wrong, but because I can’t seem to actually worship through them.

When I was younger I was told I had a “lovely voice” and my grandmother would have me get up in our little church and record me singing hymns. Unsurprisingly, the hymns became a source of feeding my pride BECAUSE I was told I had a nice singing voice.

I know that we all have gifts from God and it was a gift. But instead of using it to glorify Him, I used it to glorify myself and receive compliments from others.

I’ve recently started listening to Messianic/Hebrew Roots music. For anyone who isn’t aware of them, they’re wonderful songs and most are actual Scriptures put to music. Some are in Hebrew, some are in both Hebrew/English and some are only in English.

The site I like to use is http://www.messianicradio.com

I still like the hymns, I like some of the more modern music and now I get to enjoy yet another type.

I even listen to this kind of music when I sleep. I figure if you’re going to have good things going through your subconscious when you’re asleep, it would be good to have holy music.

The bottom line to me is this. No matter what type of worship songs you sing if you aren’t glorifying God by singing them, you may want to examine just why that is.