"That's What I Think"
editorials by Dave Parker
I Had A Dream
Last night I had a dream. I was in the sanctuary of a liturgical type church. For some reason I was seated at the side, in the front. There was a young lady, I'd say in her early thirties, leading the music, but no one in the congregation was singing. It was obvious that no one knew the song she had chosen. It was so bad and frustrating for her that she finally just stopped singing. I whispered to her that the people didn't know the song. She was surprised because she obviously knew it well. To save her from any further embarrassment, I stepped forward and asked the people, "How many of you know, 'Great is Thy Faithfulness'? Everyone raised their hands.
My brother, Roger who is a very skilled pianist, especially for congregational singing, was seated toward the front, so I said, "Roger, why don't we give the pianist and organist a rest and you go to the keyboard. Give us a brief introduction and then let's all sing this song heartily.
Now, before we begin, hear me out. Let's not just sing these words. Let's sing them to God. Let's stand together.
Then we began... Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father! There is no shadow of turning with Thee! Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not. As Thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness, Morning by morning new mercies I see: All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
And so it went, verse after verse, sung from memory. The roof nearly lifted from the exuberance of these people who were worshipping God with all their hearts. I woke up with the words, "Bless you, Lord! Bless you! on my lips.
That's what is so desperately needed today. Not musicians who entertain us, but those with the skill to lead us to truly be selfless and worship God. We need songs to sing that change the heart rather than that which makes one want to dance or tap their toes. We need leaders who selflessly lead the people to lose themselves in the worship of God, rather than bring attention to themselves.
Folks, in church life, music is not meant to be for our pleasure, to entertain us. If that's what it does, it becomes an idol, because It is receiving our adoration rather than God. No, music is but a tool, a blessing for sure, which our Great God wants to use to bring spiritual transformation in our lives. O that this might become a reality in our churches soon. How desperately it is needed!
Maranatha! The Lord Jesus is soon coming for His own, very soon! Rejoice, assuming you are one of God's people! If you are not, please give your life to Him today before it is too late! You'll be so glad you did!
These editorials will not always be a daily product. However, as I am able I will endeavor to bring to writ my reflections on society.
Have the best day you have ever had and may they get progressively better every day hereafter!
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05/27/2015 09:30:49 PM