Do You Really Mean That?

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few~Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 

I don't know about you, but EVERY TIME I sing the song "I Surrender All", I get convicted by the words.  "All to Jesus I surrender.  All to Him I FREELY give.  I will EVER love and trust HIM.  In His presence DAILY live."  I'll  be honest here and tell you that I do not FREELY give Him everything.  Sometimes I have bitterness or hurts that I like to hold on to for myself.  Sometimes I think I may tell God, "Lord you can have it all as long as you don't TAKE it all (meaning all of my stuff)".  If I don't read my Bible daily and seek Him, how can I honestly sing the part about "in His presence DAILY live"?  

What about this song?  "My Jesus I love thee.  I know thou art mine.  For thee ALL THE FOLLIES OF SIN I RESIGN"?  Do we really?  Hmmn..."I'm pressing on the upward way.  New heights I'm gaining everyday.  Still praying as I onward bound, 'Lord plant my feet on higher ground'."  How can we sing "Sweet hour of prayer", when the only time we spend praying is thanking God for our meal?  "I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold"?  REALLY?? Here's just one more, "Redeemed how I love to proclaim it".  Do we really LOVE to proclaim it?  Do we take EVERY opportunity to reach the lost with the Good News??

These are just some questions that are in my mind.  The sad truth is that many of us Christians are lying when we sing these songs.  I propose that if we cannot sing these words honestly, maybe we should just hum along with the music. :-)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:14


Grammy Blick said...

Those hymns were written with conviction -- we should be singing them with great conviction -- and we should allow Him to truly restore unto us the joy of our salvation!

JTR said...

"Take my lips and let me sing, ALWAYS ONLY for my King"...these words really hit me as a teen. I was struggling with music, and God used this great hymn to get me straight! For a few years I would even feel guilty when singing happy birthday! :) We really should always mean what we sing! I don't sing it if I don't! :) Hence the song word changes I sometimes make when singing in the dad does the same thing. I found this out a few years ago, and I loved that he did it too. I forget now what it is but it's something along the lines of "will He?" and we both independently changed them to HE WILL! (as the Bible promises He will) - I forget the exact hymn, sorry!