Have you ever had a Sunday when you woke up and the last thing you wanted to do was go to Church? For whatever reason my Spirit was really struggling this Sunday and I was really trying to figure out what was going on. the Evening service came and we were picking the music to sing and the special music. We were running late on time so I said I would sing and we picked our song. Half way through the service i get and begin to sing…
Speak, oh Lord, as we come to You to receive the food of Your holy Word.
Take Your truth plant it deep in us, shape and fashion us in Your likeness.
That the light of Christ might be seen today in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, oh Lord, and fulfill in us all Your purposes for Your glory.
My heart began to break while I was singing. The struggles and the hurts during the week that the Lord was asking me to work through with Him I was letting sit in my heart and hurt me by dwelling on them.
Sunday is a day where God asked for us to set it aside completely for Him. Not…work as hard as you can for me so you really tired at night and start a new week. Or even..come, sit, and listen to good preaching and then go home refreshed. We can do those things (serving and refreshing) but the point of Sunday is not us! The point of Sunday is God. A day that specifically speaks of Him and to Him. As we come to hear His words and are with other believers we are to be earnestly seeking His face to change us in a way that every other day of the week we can’t because of our other responsibilities.
When I am working with a student on a sacred song whether for an exam or specifically for a church service I have started getting them to write out the words and match Bible verses (at least two per stanza/chorus) to specifically match what they are singing to something they can apply biblically. This causes them to live with the words so that, hopefully, when they sing it the Bible verses are what comes to mind for them so they can be sharing truth. Many have come back and said it has made a difference for them in their singing as well as their thought process for church music in general.
Sunday Morning and Evening – pick one song from both services and pick one or two Bible verses that back up each stanza of the hymn or song. Use that hymn throughout the week in your daily Bible time and see how God uses it to point your heart to Himself.