I love hymns. Hymns are rich and deep in theology! So often, people say that they can’t worship in a “traditional church” who just sings hymns, especially those in my generation. Oh, but to really hear the words and to take to heart their meanings! I love praise and worship songs, and prefer that style of music, but I have come to really love and appreciate the depth and beauty of hymns.
I’ve come to realize that the heart of worship is really about preparing your own heart to adore the Father. You can’t control how well the choir sings, how well the band plays, or if others around you are worshiping, but you can control your own heart and mind. Don’t allow yourself to just go through the motions at church, or to get caught up in the style. Worship isn’t about a style, it is about the heart. Worship is praising our God for who He is, and acknowledging our devotion to Him. When you focus on this, instead of the style, you experience His presence in a new and fresh way!
We sang Take My Life and Let it Be at church yesterday, and it is one hymn that always brings me to a place of worship, the words are so powerful!
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
Are we only, all for Him? Are our hearts His royal throne? Lord, take our lives and let them be, consecrated and set apart for You alone.
My memory verse for the week is
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear”
When we are only, all for Him, that includes our words and tongue! I desire for the words that come from my mouth to be edifying to those around me, and most of all glorifying to God.