Hymns have always been apart of my life. Growing up in a traditional church, these priceless gems were sung every Sunday. In fact, there were some tunes that could have been on autoplay for the following Sunday. We knew that “Blessed Assurance” was on page 315, and “Learning to Lean” on page 643. My siblings and I would make up our own words to these religious songs. Here are some other familiar chants where the words may have been changed or misheard.
- “Bringing in the Sheets, Bringing in the Sheets“….
- “Learning to Sleep...learning to sleep”
- “Blessed Insurance, Jesus Is Mine”
- “I’ve got the piece of pie of understanding..Down in My Heart!”
- “Love Lipton Tea, Love Lipton Tea!”
Ok, now before I get called on the carpet on this, you know what I’m talking about. If you are a preacher’s kid, and was raised in a church with christian values, I’m sure you have a few ditties of your own. These hymns were our heritage. Singing the descants helped us understand who God is and His goodness.
Hymn of Praise
Since the time of Moses, God’s people have sung hymns. (Exodus 15:1) David sang the “new song” God gave him and taught others to sing “a hymn of praise to our God”(Psalm 40:3). The early church sang hymns as part of their regular gatherings (1 Corinthians 14:26).
Many Christian artists have added these canticles to their repertoire. I find myself appreciating these sweet hymns as I listen to them on the radio. One particular hymn that has been on my mind these past couple of months is, “Take My Life And Let It Be.” When I went through my credentialing, this hymn resonated with me.
Take my life, and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to Thee; Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of thy love; Take my feet and let them be, swift and beautiful for Thee. Take my voice, and let me sing, Always, only, for my King; Take my lips, and let them be, Filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold; Not a mite would I withhold; Take my intellect, and use every power as thou shalt choose.Take my will, and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine. Take my heart; it is Thine own; It shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure-store. Take myself, and I will be ever, only all for Thee.
This song was written by Frances R. Havergal in 1874. She served the Lord her whole life. She spent several days with ten people in a house, many who were not believers. Others were Christians, but not fully committed. She prayed that God would use her to be a witness and share His love with these people. Before she left, all ten gave their hearts to the Lord. The last night of her visit, she could not sleep so she wrote the words to this great consecration hymn.
Consecrated is a word that is used alot in hymns. It isn’t a word we commonly use in our everyday language. And yes, I am guilty for poking fun at this sacred word. Sorry, mom. However, if you are in some type of ministry, you are living proof of consecration. Devoting or dedicating your life to some purpose…. setting apart to service.
Being consecrated is critical in our relationship to God. Consecration is giving ourselves to the Lord, to become “a living sacrifice.” Paul tells us in Romans 12:1(ERV)….“So I beg you, brothers and sisters, because of the great mercy God has shown us, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to Him-an offering that is only for God and pleasing to Him.”
This was my father’s life song. I mentioned how much he loved “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” in a previous post. You can click and read about how these precious praise songs were apart of his story.
Throughout his life, he made sure that he was surrendering each day for his Boss. He knew that God made him to love others. He knew that his life was custom made for a reason to do the Lord’s work.
“It’s a joy to tell people that God loves them and has an exciting plan for their life…..He loves me just the way I am…even at my age, & has a plan for me and is unfolding that plan each day I live.” (written in my dad’s journal-2003)
During the last days of my father’s life, I can remember taking trips to Wal-Mart and pushing him in a wheelchair humming this sweet hymn of “Take My Life.”
“Take Myself, and I will Be, Ever, Only, All for Thee”
What hymns resonate your life?
Which ones have treasured memories in your mind?
Lord, thank you for the hymns. They were written for us to know more about who you are. You are our creator and you saw us before we were born. Help me to exalt and honor you in all that I do and say. May my life be a song of praise to you.
Psalm 139:16; Isaiah 44:2; Acts 1:8; I John 5:10