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I Shall Not Be Moved: Song and Devotional

I Shall Not Be Moved

            Often times we joke that this song is a reference to the dead Christian or the dead church. Though some refuse to move forward in their walk with Jesus, this song is a wonderful reminder that those who are anchored in Jehovah shall not be moved. Come what may, they will stand on the solid foundation of Jesus, steadfast and immovable. They are the tree of Psalm 1 that is planted by the water

            Psalm 1 compares the righteous with the wicked. The wicked will be moved and tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine that comes their way. They are like the chaff that is blown by the wind. On the other hand, the righteous do not stand in the path of sinners nor sit in the seat of scoffers. Their delight is in the law of the Lord. In other words, they are not influenced, nor do they take advice from the people of the world. The Word of God is their instruction, and God alone is their master. Therefore, they shall not be moved.

            As a Christian today, it is very easy to be influenced by this wicked world. The ways and mindset of the world are the majority.  The bulk of the population thinks and acts in accordance with this world rather than God’s Word. Unfortunately, many of the ways of the Lord today are considered archaic and backward. There is tremendous pressure in the world to reject God’s righteous standards and take up the world’s wicked ways. It’s easy to be influenced into simply going with the flow.

However, the righteous will not be swayed. They will stand upon the solid truth of the Word of God even if they stand alone. Praise God, they will stand on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, knowing by faith, they will never be alone. So today, set in your mind that you will be the tree that’s planted by the water; set in your mind, I shall not be moved.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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How Great Thou Art: Song and Devotional

How Great Thou Art

            Jeremiah 10:6 says, “Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.” With this scripture in mind, what greater title or theme to a song could there be than how great thou art? Everything about God is great, and He deserves praise, honor, and glory for His greatness. Psalm 8 opens with the praise stating, “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth” and ends with the conclusion, “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

            The more you know of Him, the more you know the reality of His majesty and the more you desire to sing His praise. However, simple words are not good enough. The author of How Great Thou Art understood this. For this reason, he began the chorus with the phrase, “Then sings my soul.” The words of praise should simply be a byproduct of the heart that is overflowing with praise.

            Unfortunately, so many are too consumed with themselves and the affairs of the world to see the greatness of God. For this reason, they don’t bother to take the time to worship Him. They are more concerned about themselves than about God. Naturally, they would never allow themselves to be deprived of any pleasures or blessings, yet they have no problem forsaking God. Whether they will admit it or not, it’s because they have convinced themselves that they are great and God is not. This type of ignorance of self and of God is what most often causes people to forsake God. However, the more we realize how great God truly is, the more our soul will be willing to sing His praise.

            Will you worship Him today? For He is worthy. “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee. How great thou art, how great thou art!”

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Fill My Cup Lord: Song and Devotional

Fill My Cup Lord

            The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:14-19, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

            Paul’s heart was that the Christians in Ephesus knew the love of Christ to such an extent that they would be filled up to all the fullness of God. In other words, Paul wanted them to be so full of Christ they couldn’t contain even a vapor more of His love. More importantly than Paul, that is God’s desire for His children. And, the good news is, God makes Himself readily available to us.

            However, being full of Jesus doesn’t happen by accident. If we are going to be full of Jesus, it absolutely must be all on purpose. Just as Paul prayed for the church, we should pray not only for the church but also for ourselves. We should pray that we will be filled up to all the fullness of God. In reality, that’s what this beautiful hymn is; it is a prayer in song.

            The chorus reads:

Fill my cup, Lord
I lift it up, Lord
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul
Bread of Heaven, feed me ’til I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole

            If that is the desire of your heart, it should be the prayer of your heart. If that isn’t your heart’s desire, your prayer should be for God to remove whatever is hindering you from seeking God in His fullness.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Fairest Lord Jesus: Song and Devotional

Fairest Lord Jesus

            Most people would say that there is no greater love than the love of a mother. While the love of a mother is great, there is a far greater love. The love of God is incomparable to any other love. He loved us enough to give His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins. While the love of a mother is indeed great, the love of God is incomprehensible. It is without fault or fail.

            The more we know of the love of God, the more we love Him. The more we love God, the more our heart is inclined to worship Him. Some today say that they can’t worship unless they have a particular style of music. I personally love many types of music. However, people who make these statements are clueless as to what worship truly is. Worship has nothing to do with a style of music, nor does it have anything to do with music. Worship is about God and God alone.

Worship is a recognition and then a response to who God is. Fairest Lord Jesus is far from a contemporary song. Some might even consider it liturgical. Though I love the melody, the words of this song are clearly words of worship. They are words that recognize and respond to the majestic person of God. They are words that demonstrate a clear understanding of God and express it with love and honor.

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature
O thou of God and man the Son
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown

            Mothers are undoubtedly worthy of love and respect. And they absolutely deserve a special day of recognition. They even deserve more. However, God and God alone is worthy of worship. On this special day of the recognition of mothers, give them the respect that is due, but don’t forget to worship God. I believe even in your worship of God, you will honor your mother.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

Great is Thy Faithfulness: Song and Devotional

Great is Thy Faithfulness

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentation 3:22-24

One of the most assured truths in all of scripture is the faithfulness of God. He is the Epidemy of faithfulness. With this truth in mind, we should be reminded that God owes us nothing, yet He is faithful. He is the almighty creator whereas the earth is the Lord’s and all therein, yet He chooses to be faithful to us. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s, who is worthy of all surrender and service, yet He is faithful to His servants.

Why is God faithful? Because of His steadfast love that never ceases. God loves us with an incomprehensible love. Those who know Him know His love and know His faithfulness. Those who know Him know that The Lord indeed is their portion.

God is faithful even when we are faithless. He is faithfully there to draw His children back into right relationship, for He chastises those of whom He loves; He is faithful. His love and faithfulness move those who love Him unto faithfulness. Apart from God’s faithfulness to pursue us and draw us unto Himself, we would never have the slightest desire to know Him, much less live for Him. He is faithful.

Even when the world has turned its back on you and all have forsaken you, He is faithful. Even when all that you’ve trusted in crumbles around you, He is faithful. Therefore, I will hope in Him. And, yes, we can rebel against Him and His faithfulness but then we would never know how great is His faithfulness.  

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2021 in Devotional, Music

 

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