Devotions

Gather • Devotion #5: Gather Together and Sing, Sing, Sing

“When you meet together, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as you praise the Lord with all your heart.” Ephesians 5:19 (CEV)

Worshiping in a song is an important part of gathering together, and one of my favorite parts of the gathering. I love music, all kinds. You might be surprised if you wandered through my phone to find, hymns, country, and rap (not to worry, it is clean Christian rap). You would also find some southern gospel: a few classical pieces, and lots of contemporary Christian artists. Music soothes my soul, lifts my spirits, makes me happy, and brings me into quiet, reflective worship. There is something about singing in worship to the Lord that takes our hearts to a special place. 

Some cherished memories from my childhood include my dad and his friends playing music in our home. They would get out their guitars, and my mom would sing beautiful hymns. My dad did not sing, but one of his friends would often sing in harmony with my mom. One of my mom’s favorite songs was “Old Rugged Cross.” My mother loved music, and she loved Jesus! The cross was dear to her, and she clung to it through a lifetime of illness. The words of that old hymn always bring me to tears as I think about seeing my mom and dad again one day when I get to Heaven. 

Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true
It’s shame and reproach gladly bear

Then he’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where his glory forever I’ll share

And I’ll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

The music in gatherings has changed since I was a girl. Drums and electric guitars have joined the piano on stage and the sound of the songs is now very different. One thing has not changed, the songs we sang then and those we sing now tell of a God who loves us unconditionally and has always and will always be there for us. I found one of my all-time favorite worship songs in my phone, “Lord, I need you.” It always reminds me that no matter when I have struggled, or what I have gone through, on good days and bad, my hope is in Jesus.  

Lord, I Need You

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You

Jesus, you’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

In Matthew 18:20, Jesus tells us, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Attend a gathering somewhere this weekend and follow the instruction given to us in Psalms 47:6, “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!”   



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