Hymns Shape My Thinking

Admittedly,  I have a bit of an old soul. One of the ways that manifests itself is through my song preferences at church 🙂 I. Love. Hymns. I love the old melody lines-ragged with years of being clung to. I love the wordy lines that engage my heart and pop into my head later that week right when I need to hear truth. I love the harmonies that allow the congregation to make such a beautiful sound unto the Lord.

I’ve heard pastor’s say, “You don’t walk out of a church service quoting the points from the sermon-you walk out humming the songs that were sung”. His point being, make sure the truth in your song lyrics are rich enough to mediate on as you sing them later.

One such song for me is the hymn “Day By Day”. This hymn has been with me through quite a number of trials and had been my guide to truth. It’s reminded me OVER and OVER and OVER again to trust my Father’s wisdom and kind heart, to rest in the promises of the word, and to delight in his care for me. I need songs like that in my life 🙂

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

What are your heart’s “go to” songs or hymns?


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