Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Interesting Poem...

Here is a neat poem I found in a book, displaying the importance of the family.

A CHRISTIAN HOME

Barbara B. Hart

O give us homes built firm upon the Savior,
Where Christ is Head and Counselor and Guide;
Where every child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified;
How sweet to know that thought his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side.


O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each find joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho days be dark and grim.


O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor.
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Making Music Unto the Lord

There are numerous verses that contain reference to worship and making music to the Lord, especially many Psalms. Worshipping and making music together is something my family loves to do. We love to play instruments together, sing harmony, and worship. I received a guitar for my birthday a couple years ago, and recently I began playing/practicing more. I am teaching myself how to play, in order to be able to play worship chords. In our church we have a handful of guitarists, either who are beginners or who haven’t played in a while. We found on our first attempt that it is tremendously fun to make music unto the Lord together in worship. Psalm 92:1-4 says, “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.” Now, I don’t play the harp (although I would love to learn), but for us, the melody of the guitars substitutes in this verse. As it says in Judges 5:3, “I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD”, so we did, and although it was not magnificent and awe-inspiring (for we had not practiced), it was thoroughly enjoyable. The Lord loves it when His people, in right relationship with Him, call upon Him in worship. Psalm 29:2 articulates it well: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.” In the end, we decided we must do this again, after some practice.

I close with a Psalm I absolutely love—Psalm 100. “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Verse for the Day

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7