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Each Step of the Way ~ hymn

I walk with the Savior

If you were to walk with someone of great importance, how would you do it? Would you walk in front of them? Probably not because that would make you appear as though you thought of yourself as more important. Would you walk next to them? Again, probably not as that is somewhat presumptous about your status with them. Would you walk behind them? This is the most likely scenario, at least for me. I can’t imagine myself even walking close behind someone of importance, though. I would follow but not very close.

But with Jesus, we have something different. This man of importance walked among man, showing us how we are to walk. God gave us this very specific example and many were given the beautiful opportunity to literally walk beside Jesus, to be with Him, to walk along the road with Him.

And when we seek scripture, we see many where God walked among His people and asks us to walk with Him.

My favorite: Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And the walk humbly with your God?

In Genesis 3, we see God walking through the garden, seeking Adam and Eve. Genesis 5:22 tells us of Enoch walking with God. Psalm 23 is a well known passage where we hear of God walking with man, specifically in verse 4. In Malachi 2:6, we read of Levi having walked with God in peace and equity.

These are just a few of the verses referring to walking with God. But do you see how few of them have man trailing behind, waiting to see what happens? God has provided a way for lowly me to walk alongside Him, for Him to be my protector, for Him to be peace and provider for me. What a blessing that is.

This hymn discusses walking with Jesus and allowing Him to guide and provide. A lovely song that I enjoyed singing this morning at worship. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Each step of the way

Each Step Of The Way

words and music: Thelma M Jordan (1962)

I walk with the Savior
Each step of the way,
I trust Him to guide me
By night and by day;
Not dreading tomorrow
Nor what it may bring,
I’m safe in the keeping
Of Jesus the King.

Refrain:
Each step of the way
By night and by day
Leads nearer the home
Eternally fair,
Where we shall meet loved ones,
Awaiting us there,
Who walked here with Jesus
Each step of the way.

With joy we shall enter
The city up there,
Of wonderful beauty
And mansions all fair;
His own shall be changed and
Made like Him that day,
Because we’ve walked with Him
Each step of the way. Refrain

 

In The Cross Of Christ I Glory ~ hymn

In The Cross of Christ I Glory

This week, Miss E was singing her way through our hymn book, seeing what new song to choose for her voice lesson. She came upon In The Cross Of Christ I Glory and asked if I knew it. I did not. She read through the words of it, feeling moved by the truth of the lyrics.

In The Cross of Christ I Glory

lyrics: John Bowring (1825)
music: Ithamar  Conkey (1849)

1 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

2 When the woes of life o’ertake me,
hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
never shall the cross forsake me.
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

3 When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way,
from the cross the radiance streaming
adds more luster to the day.

4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
by the cross are sanctified;
peace is there that knows no measure,
joys that through all time abide.

5 In the cross of Christ I glory,
towering o’er the wrecks of time;
all the light of sacred story
gathers round its head sublime.

After she mentioned how striking the lyrics were, I read through them. Particularly touched by the second stanza, I decided this was the hymn to share this week. We are often overwhelmed by this life on earth. There is much to be overwhelmed by – life, family, job, hurt, cancer, medical bills, regular bills, time crunches, deadlines, and more. And this is just some of the more common. When the uncommon hits – owing thousands on a business that isn’t making it, betrayals by those who we love most, yet another diagnosis, the mega weather disaster, and many other things – what do we do?

Do we turn to the cross? Do we “gather round” with “all the light of the sacred story?” Do we let the “joys that through all time abide?” Do we remember the peace and joy and hope that comes from the One who died on the cross?

Some practical items:

1 – Pick up your Bible and read. God’s story will comfort you and bring you strength to step forward yet again.

2 – Pray. Pray for wisdom or peace or healing or whatever it is you might need. God knows what we need before we ask yet he still tells us to ask.

3 – Write. Or draw. Write down a joy. Write down a thanksgiving. Draw the happiness that God gives. Draw a verse that strikes you during your reading. It doesn’t have to be stunnning or beautiful. But the very act of writing or drawing allows you to focus even deeper on the One who does bring joy and thanksgiving and peace.

4 – Breathe. Breathe in the air that God created in His wisdom. The simple act of breathing will often calm and release concerns.

5 – Repeat as needed.

God know you and knows what you need. Speak to Him through prayer and allow Him to speak to you through His word. Get to know Him. Draw near to Him. And this world will not be such a difficult place to be. Yes, the concerns will still exist and the difficulties will still be here but we will see the path going through and coming out on the other side, in heaven. Focus on that “Light at the end of the tunnel” – God.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

He’s My King ~ hymn

He's my king

A king. It signals royalty. It signals one worthy of respect, even praise. On earth, we have come to see kings as men worthy of dying for, of obeying without question, and those who are higher and more noble than all others around. But, for all that a king is able to do and be here on earth, it is worth nothing. It will come to an end. For some, it ends after a few days, when they are dethroned by another or die of illness or in battle. For some, it is a precious few months. For others, they are able to fulfill the role of king for years. But all of it – every coin, every conquered country or person, every single crown and jewel and castle – it is all going to burn when judgement day comes.

God has promised us riches far beyond that which any earthly king can even imagine. He is THE KING. He has everything under His control.

The Bible illustrates this for us.

Romans 9:20-21
But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”
Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
Psalm 95:1-5

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Daniel 4:35
All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does what he wills with the host of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can stay his hand or say to Him, “What are you doing?”

Psalm 47:1-4
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.
He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. 

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

How blessed are we to have ruler, a King, who is King of everything and has provided us a way from the burning of the elements, the whole earth, that will happen at the end of time on this earth? Our King has provided a way out of all of this, a way to freedom. It is through Jesus. He took on our sins, our burdens, and was crucified. But He did not stay dead. He conquered sin and death, the result of sin, and brought us salvation, life. If you believe in Him and are baptized for the remission (removal) of your sin, you become a son or daughter of the King. You are brought into the royal family. You are a part of the kingdom of God. What a special place to be. What a King! My King!

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

He’s My KingHe's my king tall

words: James Rowe (1911)
music: James D. Vaughan (1911)

All day long of Jesus I am singing,
He my song of joy will ever be;
All the while He keeps my heart-bells ringing,
For His love is everything to me.

Refrain:
He’s my King, and O I dearly love Him;
He’s my King, no other is above Him;
All day long enraptured praise I sing,
He’s my Savoir, He’s my King!

Streams of love around my soul are flowing,
From His heart love’s everlasting spring;
That is why my faith in Him I’m showing,
That is why an endless song I sing.

Refrain

In His light, I’m going home to glory,
With the souls who trust His saving grace;
Going home to sing and tell His story,
In the blessed sunshine of His face.

Refrain

To Love Someone More Dearly ~ hymn

To love someone more dearly ev'ry day

I don’t remember the first time I heard this hymn and we do not sing it very often. Yet, the lyrics are very strong. It sets for the task we should be working at as Jesus’ church.

  1. To love someone more dearly ev’ry day,
    To help a wand’ring child to find his way,
    To ponder o’er a noble tho’t and pray,
    And smile when evening falls,
    And smile when evening falls:
    This is my task.
  2. To follow truth as blind men long for light,
    To do my best from dawn of day till night,
    To keep my heart fit for His holy sight,
    And answer when He calls,
    And answer when He calls:
    This is my task.
  3. And then my Savior by and by to meet,
    When faith hath made her task on earth complete,
    And lay my homage at the Master’s feet,
    Within the jasper walls,
    Within the jasper walls:
    This crowns my task.

How do I approach these items? Do I consider them a “to-do” list? Or are they the beautiful outgrowth of a life dedicated to God? I tend to see them as the latter.

If I am living a life dedicated to God, I will be smiling when evening falls because it has been a glorious day of His. I will strive to do my best and help others to do their best. I will try to be more loving each day.

Each of the small moments that are in the lyrics to this hymn lead along the pathway to heaven and eternity with God in that beautiful land of peace and rest. Each small moment will guide me to spend time in God’s word, thinking of what He is directing me towards. It will help me to desire to assist others. And all the other small things that make up a big life dedicated to God’s will.

The lyrics to this hymn were written by Maude Louise Ray (stanzas 1 and 2) in 1903 and by F. H. Pickup (stanza 3) in 1913. The music is by E. L. Ashford and was composed in 1903. What an enduring hymn to encourage us today.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

I Stand Amazed ~ hymn

How marvelous, how wonderful!

photo credit: Miss J, taken from our church parking area

What do you think of when you think of the word wonderful? Marvelous? Amazing?

Each of these words seems to be something of the “best”, something that is hard to find the equal of. We talk of many things being wonderful, don’t we? Perhaps a fun activity? Or a really good dinner, maybe. Maybe it was the movie or play or time spend with one of our favorite people.

What about marvelous? Do many people use this word to describe the activities they do. Same with the word amazing. “That movie was amazing!” “What a marvelous movie that was!”

But, really, shouldn’t we reserve those words for things that are really and truly much better than the norm or the average? Should not those words be used to describe the things that are truly better than everything else?

The refrain of this hymn uses these words –

How marvelous! How wonderful!
  And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
    Is my Savior’s love for me!

We see the true use of these strong words here – describing the love of God, the love that is so strong, so unbreakable that He sent Jesus to go through unimaginable things because of His LOVE. You guys, His LOVE!

This is what is marvelous.

This is what is wonderful.

My Savior’s love is all this and so much more!

We are blessed, aren’t we?

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

You can listen to this song on In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just scroll down to the I’s and click on the play arrow next to the song title “I Stand Amazed.”

I Stand Amazed

words and music: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)

1 I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus, the Nazarene,
and wonder how he could love me,
a sinner, condemned, unclean.

Refrain:
How marvelous, how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous, how wonderful
is my Savior’s love for me!

2 He took my sins and my sorrows;
he made them his very own;
he bore the burden to Calvary
and suffered and died alone. [Refrain]

3 When with the ransomed in glory
his face I at last shall see,
’twill be my joy through the ages
to sing of his love for me. [Refrain]

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus ~ hymn

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I've proved him o'er and o'er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!

Trust – have you ever pondered what trust fully means?

As a noun – firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something

As a verb – believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of

Now let’s look at the application of that to Christianity.

Bible verses (NKJV):

Psalm 4:5
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the LORD.

Psalm 25:5
O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.

Nah 1:7
The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.

2 Cor 3:4
And we have such trust through Christ toward God.

1 Tim 4:10
For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

I Tim 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

When looking at all of these together, I see this theme that pulls me and wraps me in a peace. You see, the definition reminds me that my belief in the truth and strength and ability of God will see me through. The Bible verses are what the embodiment of that and the example of the truth and strength and ability of God working in the lives of His people. I see these and am comforted and strengthened, knowing God is able to be trusted. He is able to do anything which means I can relax.

That is what came to mind when I started thinking of the hymn to post for today – trust. And I can trust in God and His Son, Jesus. That leaves my life at peace.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

You can listen to this hymn at Great Songs Chapel  or at In Search of The Lord’s Way by click on the arrow next to the song’s title.

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

lyrics: Louisa M.R. Stead
music: William J. Kirkpatrick

1 ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise,
and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!

2 O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to trust his cleansing blood;
and in simple faith to plunge me
neath the healing, cleansing flood! [Refrain]

3 Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
just from sin and self to cease;
just from Jesus simply taking
life and rest, and joy and peace. [Refrain]

4 I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou are with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. [Refrain]

 

Faith ~ hymn/song

Hebrews 11-6

Today’s song is one that has just been running through my head for weeks now. We taught it to our girls long ago and At Home Dad has known it since he was a child. This song is found on a CD (used to be a record!) of The Music Machine. Published by Agapeland Music, we have played this over and over for the girls since they were tiny. They have always enjoyed the songs about the Fruit of the Spirit and this is one that has just really stuck.

It is based on Hebrews 11:6 –

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

It is actually almost word for word, depending on the translation you are looking at. It doesn’t quite line up with the NIV (above) and is not quite the same as the KJV. Either way, it is a wonderful song for helping get this verse into our minds.

Enjoy the verse! And you can check out the rest of the Music Machine songs. Maybe one will fit a verse you are trying to learn or just be something your children enjoy listening to.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

 

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