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Blessed Be The Name of the Lord ~ hymn

Blessed Be The Name of the Lord

We started our worship this morning with this lovely hymn. The joy, the hope, the recognition that not everything will be easy


I will choose to say “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

It is a choice. Job is a great example of one who chose to praise the name of the Lord through it all. Paul is another; suffering all sorts of difficulties, Paul still chose to bless the name of the Lord. David wrote many psalms that praised the Lord through difficulties. What about Naomi? Or Mary? We can find many, many examples in the Bible of those who praised the name of the Lord through it all.

These sets of lines:

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out I’ll
Turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name.
I hope this song will bring you encouragement through the sunshine and the rain that will fall in your life. There is nothing that can provide comfort except Jesus.
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To God Be The Glory ~ hymn

After our Sunday evening worship time, we have been holding a Girls Gathering. That’s just my name for it but it is a time where our girls can get together to lead songs and read scripture with each other. It is so important that girls have opportunity to learn these skills and become stronger and more confident in their own abilities to lead. They will have opportunity in building God’s kingdom where they need to be confident in reading scripture with others or leading a group of women or girls in song. If we don’t intentionally give them opportunity, they will struggle, even as adults.

And the desire is there! One of the young ladies read a scripture tonight but wasn’t brave enough to lead a song. Yet. And I know it is yet because she came up to me afterwards and said “Ms. Lori, I don’t know how to lead but I want to know.” After reassurance that most of the other girls in there were just learning as well, she said she would try next time. And a very young one, just about 3, said she wanted to lead Jesus Loves Me. She got to the front, took one look, and promptly changed her mind. But that’s okay because next time, she might be a bit braver and try again. One of these days, she’ll lead that song and we will all be singing proudly along with her as she gains the ability to lead praises to God.

That is what all this is about – giving God the glory through rejoicing, through song, through scripture. Coming before the Father to recognize what He has done for us, all he has given to us, recognizing the things God has done for us. The song chosen for today is To God Be The Glory. It just seemed so fitting when I was pondering on the bravery of the girls who are learning to step out of their comfort zones, to listen to their hearts desires to learn how to serve God. It makes my heart smile and I imagine God is doing the same as he looks down on these little ones.

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To God Be The Glory

To God Be The Glory

lyrics: Fanny Crosby (1875)
music: William H. Doane (1875)

1 To God be the glory, great things he hath done;
so loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done.

2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. [Refrain]

3 Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. [Refrain]

Open My Heart ~ hymn

This is one I will let speak for itself. But what a good reminder for us today.

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When All of God’s Singers Get Home ~ hymn

When All of God's Singers Get Home

This is one that is kind of, well, me. I am looking forward to singing with all of God’s children when I get to heaven. I think it is going to be amazing. Just think – not a thing to bother us, all will be gladness, no sorrow, God and Jesus there – it will be better than we can imagine.

This hymn shows a bit about what worship will be in that happy place and some of what we should be doing and experiencing in worship times here on Earth. Raising happy songs? Yes! Noting the rapture and glory? Yes! Having Jesus taken our sin so we can overcome it? Yes! While all of that will come to its very best in heaven, we can have a taste of it here when we worship with God’s singers.

Did you worship with some of God’s singers today? I did and I enjoyed it immensely. God’s singers are my brothers and sisters and I enjoy being with them often to encourage and be encouraged.

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Luther G. Presley & Virgil O. Stamps

1 What a song of delight in that City so bright
Will be wafted ‘neath Heaven’s fair dome!
How the ransomed will raise happy songs in His praise,
When all of God’s singers get home!

When all of God’s singers get home,
Where never a sorrow will come;
There’ll be “no place like home,”
When all of God’s singers get home.

2 As We sing here on earth, songs of sadness or mirth,
‘Tis a foretaste of rapture to come.
But our joy can’t compare with the glory up there,
When all of God’s singers get home! CHORUS

3 Having overcome sin, “Hallelujah, AMEN!”
Will be heard in that land o’er the foam;
Every heart will be light and each face will be bright–
When all of God’s singers get home! CHORUS

Jesus Saves ~ hymn

I decided to just flip through an old hymnal and see what jumps out at me because you know, too often many good hymns are left out when hymnals are “updated.” I put that in quotes because updated doesn’t always mean better, just newer. And lots of older songs are lost in the process, which is kind of sad. So many newer songs are what have been called 7-11 songs: seven words you repeat eleven times. Not trying to bash newer songs because there are many excellent ones but too many of them have no substance to their lyrics. Jesus Saves

So, I stumbled across this one and it jumped out at me – Jesus Saves! I have enjoyed this once since a child!

This is what I have been intentionally praying with my girls recently – that Jesus saves and they should want to be a part of His church so they will be part of those saved by Jesus. Part of my job as a  Christian and a parent, is to help my girls understand God and His ways, as best I can and as best I understand them myself. So, I intentionally share, as this song says, the joyful sound that Jesus saves.

From here to “every land”, from the “steeps and cross the waves”
From “rolling tide” to the “islands of the sea”
Singing above the battle, singing it softly, sing in triumph

This hymn is a joyful reminder that Jesus saves all who hear and follow His ways. (This link is to a recording that I found of this song as I know it.)

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Jesus Saves

lyrics: Priscilla J. Owens
music: William J Kirkpatrick

1 We have heard the joyful sound:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land,
climb the steeps and cross the waves;
Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!

2 Waft it on the rolling tide;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Tell to sinners far and wide;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing, ye islands of the sea;
Echo back, ye ocean caves:
Earth shall keep her jubilee;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

3 Sing above the battle strife:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!
By His death and endless life,
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!
Sing it softly through the gloom,
when the heart for mercy craves;
sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!

4 Give the winds a mighty voice:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free;
highest hills and deepest caves;
this our song of victory:
Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!

Jesus, Thy Name I Love ~ hymn

Jesus Thy Name I Love

This is just a lovely hymn expressing the desire to love Jesus. It is beautiful and the lyrics resonate with me.

This is one of those hymns that I just cannot find a video or recording of in a format that doesn’t include other things than just the singing of the song. But there are some interesting ones out there with other things – such as the video where ASL is shown for the song. The song is sung by the interpreter at 9:30 on this video and it is lovely to watch her interpret as she sings. This is the tune I am familiar with and dearly enjoy singing.

On this next link, it is a different tune than I know but it is interesting and beautiful to listen to. I was able to click “stream” on this page and listen to it in a pop up box.

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Jesus, Thy Name I Love

lyrics: J. G. Deck (1853)
music: Joseph P. Hollbrook (1865)

1 Jesus, Thy name I love.
All other names above,
Jesus, my Lord!
O Thou art all to me;
Nothing to please I see,
Nothing apart from Thee,
Jesus my Lord!

2 Thou, blessed Son of God,
Hast bought me with Thy blood,
Jesus my Lord!
How mighty is Thy love,
All other loves above,
Love that I daily prove,
Jesus my Lord!

3 Soon Thou wilt come again;
I shall be happy then,
Jesus, my Lord!
Then Thine own face I’ll see,
Then I shall like Thee be,
Then evermore with Thee,
Jesus, my Lord!

Let The Lower Lights Be Burning ~ hymn

Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

We recently visited an exhibit on the Titanic. This hymn was mentioned more than once in the materials at the exhibit and in books that we had checked out about the ship. It has had it going through my mind.

That is just a part of it, though. This is a song that has always caught my attention when we sing it and it just sort of holds on. Ponder for a moment what the chorus is saying

Let the lower lights be burning,
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

This always tends to remind me of the commission that I was given by Jesus in Matthew 28:18- 20. No – he wasn’t physically speaking to me but here and other places in the New Testament, Jesus is giving his believers the instruction to go out and share the gospel with others. This particular passage reads:

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

If I speak up, if I share His word, I may just be the light that someone out there needs to see. There are plenty of folks out there struggling just to keep their head above water and they desperately need to see a light of hope. I pray that I can be that hope.

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Listen to this song at the Great Songs Chapel.

Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

words and music: Philip P Bliss  (1871)

1 Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save. 

2 Dark the night of sin has settled,
Loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore. (Chorus)

3 Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost. (Chorus)

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