Your love never fails. It never gives up.
It never runs out on me.
On and on and on it goes.
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul.
I never ever have to be afraid because this one thing remains.
The above stanza is the chorus of a popular worship song sung in many churches today.
It is one that I am well familiar with and have sung, myself, many times over.
Today, however, this song stopped me dead in my tracks.
As I busied myself with housework, while simultaneously listening to worship music, the words of this particular song suddenly gave me cause to pause.
I put down my broom- and for a moment– allowed the words to pour over me.
In the midst of my flitting about- singing along to the songs, but not really giving thought to the words I sang- Jesus came to visit.
I often wonder how different our Sunday morning worship would be, if we truly paid attention to the words of the songs that we sing. Allowing them to permeate our moments.
Sadly, there are times when I must admit my mind is everywhere BUT in the moment.
During Sunday worship, my mind can be distracted by:
- The most recent football score.
- The curling iron that I may have forgotten to turn off.
- The most convenient route to take home once service is over.
- What I will make for lunch.
- How uncomfortable my boots are.
(All real examples by the way.)
The point is that all too often I catch myself merely just going through the motions of worship, but my heart is far off.
When I allow my mind to be bogged down with the cares and distractions of the world, I hinder the ministrations of Jesus, through worship.
And so I wonder- I just wonder– what it would look like if we truly gave ear to the songs that we sing- allowing them to permeate our very being.
The truth in the lyrics of the aforementioned song- that God’s love is never-failing– should give us cause to pause.
Not only is His love unfailing- it is unrelenting.
It never gives up.
The love of God drives Him to pursue us- fervently, passionately, relentlessly.
There is no beginning, and no end.
No escaping His great love.
David understood this truth, when he penned the words to this famous psalm~
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there. If I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, or if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there, Your hand will guide me; Your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-11)
What an awesome thought!
God’s love knows no bounds.
It is far-reaching. It is constant.
It is the one thing that remains- even when nothing else does.
I am so grateful for a God who sees fit to interrupt my thoughts- opening my ears to truly hear the words to the songs that I sing.
Had I been so preoccupied with my own thoughts- making it next to impossible to hear the Lord’s still small voice prompting me to pause and listen– I would have missed out on this invaluable opportunity to turn my singing into true worship!
So I encourage you- the next time you find yourself singing along to songs of worship, try actually turning your ears to the words that are being sung.
A greater blessing awaits you there- than in the distractions that flood your mind.
“Come, thy fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace. Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.” ~Robert Robinson, Come Thou Fount
What are some of the songs/hymns that speak to your heart most?
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