Erlene suggested this song for today, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, sung by Carroll Roberson. The realization that God holds tomorrow in His hands–that no sparrow falls without the Father–is a comfort.
When you read the next post, you’ll see why we need it.
Erlene asked for this one, Come, Holy Spirit, sung by Bryan Duncan. So here it is!
If you’re new to this blog, we like to start each day with a hymn and we take requests. So if you have a favorite hymn or worship song you’d like to share here, just let me know.
It’s early to be playing Christmas hymns, but Linda asked for this and how could I say no?–The Christmas Guest, by Grandpa Jones.
A funny thing happened to me while I was listening to this. A certain passage in Zechariah came to mind, and my eyes filled up with tears–tears of joy and relief.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. –Zechariah 9:9
It isn’t often we get two hymn requests in one day, so, sure, I’m going for it.
Requested by Susan, Agnus Dei, performed by Michael W. Smith (piano), Stikyard (wide assortment of drums), and the World Outreach Worship teams (choir). Like the song says, joyfully, “Worthy is the Lamb!”
Our chess buddy “jessicafischerqueen” suggested this yesterday: Peace in the Valley, sung by Elvis Presley. Forget the rock-star stuff that made him famous. God gave him a voice, and Elvis used it–and he left us a legacy of hymns and gospel music.
P.S.–If this post appears twice, it’s not my fault. But you could always listen to it twice.
I have to run to the dentist, and just have time to post this hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: requested by “thewhiterabbit,” and I’m happy to be able to do it.
One of the wisest things I ever heard anybody say was by a woman on this little 15-minute panel show on our local Christian radio station. “When life gets hard and things go bad,” she said, “and when your faith feels shaky–sing louder!”
Turn up the volume on this one, Our God is an Awesome God. May the songs of God’s people cause His enemies to know they’ve picked the wrong side, and move them to repent. It really doesn’t pay to defy Almighty God who made the heavens and the earth. Let the heathen take full warning.
Here’s one for Phoebe and other Catholic members of our little blog community, shared with us by “Optimal Play” from Australia–Sweet Sacrament Divine, sung by Marilla Ness.
It must be Catholic Day here. For the first time ever, we have a hit from Vatican City. My Aunt Betty, the nun, sure would’ve gotten a kick out of that! I miss her.
It would be silly to deny that there are controversies that separate Catholics and Protestants. But I don’t know how much that label, “Protestant,” is worth anymore. R.J. Rushdoony hired Catholics to help run Chalcedon and also published books by Catholics–and who could be more of a Protestant than he?
Anyway, the Lord has richly endowed His Church–the whole Church, the whole community of believers worldwide–with enemies: and we do well to remember that. We belong to Jesus Christ and ought to love each other.
We had two hymn suggestions this morning, and I couldn’t decide between them, so I’ve posted them both. This one’s from Erlene: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. I hope you like Alan Jackson’s rendition, plus beautiful photography rejoicing in God’s handiwork.
With echoes of Asaph’s Psalm 73, C&W artist Eric Church asks Our Lord to speak to us, in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. We might also bring Psalm 2 to mind: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing.” This is a time that calls for prayer.
Requested by Susan, Why Not Me? by Eric Church.