Saturday, August 28, 2010

“Come Unto Me” by Singing

Jesus says to us “Come unto me.” Do you ever wonder how to do this? How can we actually do this? Of course we can pray. It is natural and instinctive to pray and doing so will bring us close to God. But don’t forget that we can sing as well as pray.

Psalm 71:23 declares: “My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.”

I know two things. We come close to the Lord as we feel the spirit and that the Spirit is always near when we sing songs of praise. This means that we can come near to the Lord as often as we sing. My soul, which the Lord has redeemed, will rejoice when my lips recognize this truth as I sing.

Not too long ago I taught our kids the simple song “Jesus is Our Loving Friend.” The first verse talks about how we can know that Jesus is our friend. I then explained to the kids that friendship is a two-way deal and asked them how Jesus could know that we are His friends. The answer is in the second verse. “Reverently and sweetly now, we, our voices raise. Jesus is our loving friend and we sing his praise.”

Psalm 104:33 proclaims: “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.”

What a blessing to have a calling where I can sing! What a gift to help others do it as well.


Our Little Baby! said...

Just wanted to say that your Blog is AWESOME!!I cant wait for you to post your ideas for September! I am a newly called Music leader and being a convert and never going to Primary makes this a challenge. Your blog has given me a lot of insight!! Thanks!!

The Children Sing said...

I can imagine what a challenge it must be for converts to figure out such a host of stuff! So much is subtle and never really explained - it must take years and years to understand. I so admire you for taking on the challenge and I am glad to know that the blog helps you. Please ask questions and help me be specific and clear. I'm afraid I probably expect everyone to know what I'm talking about!

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