angel weeping

While searching for a hymn that would go along with our Facebook page, Jesus Lord and Savior, I found one, with these words:

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
Fill us with holy zeal;
Give us to think as angels think,
And feel as angels feel.

I’m not sure what the author means to say. Do you have an idea? Is it possible, and should humans aspire, to think and feel as angels do?

Let’s title this set of lyrics, “Would You Speak of Him?” Background on these lyrics is here. The original tune and lyrics from 1898 can be found here. An a cappella choral arrangement is here (all I could find).

Consider these lyrics under copyright © 2014 James Randal Matheny, all rights reserved. Now, having said that, you’re welcome to use them in congregation singing, but they may not be reproduced in print or online. For the latter, just link back to this post.

WOULD YOU SPEAK OF HIM?

Would you put in Jesus’ hand your life and all you own?
Would you speak of Him, who sits upon the Throne?
Would you throw your net upon the earth to make Him known?
Let Him have His way with thee. Continue reading

Just spent the change from 2013 to 2014, with the smell of fireworks in my nostrils, listening to a special rending of the hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” One of my favorites.

The rendition of these ladies shakes me to my soul.

Lyrics:

  1. I am weak, but Thou art strong;
    Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
    I’ll be satisfied as long
    As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

    • Refrain:
      Just a closer walk with Thee,
      Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
      Daily walking close to Thee,
      Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
  2. Through this world of toil and snares,
    If I falter, Lord, who cares?
    Who with me my burden shares?
    None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
  3. When my feeble life is o’er,
    Time for me will be no more;
    Guide me gently, safely o’er
    To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

Betty Choate wrote the words to “Thou Shalt Call,” Barry Epps, the music, and a group from the Lewisville TX church sang for this mp3.

Thanks to Betty for permission to post the song file here.

To download the song, right-click on this link and choose “Save link as” from the menu.

 

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Am sending today a special four-stanza poem to the Cloudburst Syndicated Poetry list, “From Craters on the Moon.” Below is the space for subscribers to comment. Later, I hope to share it with you as a hymn, since it’s in 6.6.8.6 meter, also known as Short Meter.

• Speaking of the moon, this report says that “The moon’s crust was apparently active far more recently than previously believed, scientists say.” Imagine that, scientists having to correct their time projections! From 1 billion to 50 million years. That’s too many zeros for me to calculate, but the difference is something like me thinking you’d take 50 years to show up and you took five minutes. Not much difference, eh? Continue reading

It would seem that brother B.W. Johnson missed the evangelistic context of Col. 4:5 on “redeeming the time” or “making the most of the opportunities” (NET). He says it means “seeking time to do them good” (my emphasis). He broadens it to good works, but the context is to speaking the gospel. See verse 6.

• This broadening (elsewhere I call it mission creep) is a modern tendency as well. Our mission is one of proclamation, according to Scripture. But we’re teaching kids it’s service projects and emptying the treasury for benevolence. No wonder we stopped growing. Continue reading