I love music. Though, this is something that 99.9% of all human beings state at one point or another on their blog, I felt it necessary to state it on mine as well. Again.
I love all different styles of music and it varies depending on a.) my mood, b.) the time of day, c.) the season, d.) all of the above. One of my favourite genre of music is “hymns”. I love the old school hymns simply because, they are simple [for example see ex.1A] and they are powerful [for example see ex 2A].
1A. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see.” [Amazing Grace, c. 1772]
2A. “Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed His own blood for my soul.” [It is well with my Soul, c. 1873]
Those of you who have been avid readers of my blog probably know that I am a Christian, aka: I love Jesus AND I strive to be like Him everyday. If you are new to this site or a little behind/slow, then consider that your introduction/refresher.
many most all other believers, I’ve had my share of ups and downs on this journey and continue too as well. That being said, I can relate on a very personal level, with the writers of the above mentioned hymns. I was “lost” [and continue to take my own detours which result in my getting lost again and again and again], I was “blind” but now, because of God’s “amazing grace” I am now “found” and I can “see”. And while I know I have sinned and will continue to sin and am in a “helpless state” without Him, he has “shed His own blood for my soul”.
[Just a little FYI for you, my favourite hymn is “How Great Thou Art”.]
Today, I heard an old Irish hymn today during a very special ceremony that occurred today [which I will post about tomorrow] that I hadn’t heard in awhile. Not only is the song a pretty song, but it’s both simple and yet extremely powerful and is how I feel at the moment in my life. The lyrics are below and there is a video of the song.
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
The lyrics are pretty easy to figure out. I sort of see them as wedding vows to God. “For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. I promise to love you and cherish you. To never take you for granted. To love, honour and obey from this day forward. Till
death do us part. Never because I will live forever with you in all your Glory. Forever and ever. Amen.”
What do these lyrics mean to you?
P.S. If you have questions about me, my faith, my journey or just about God/Jesus/Big Guns Upstairs, shoot me an email. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have. Good, bad or ugly.