Music Notes

Dear FUMC,

As I sat down to write this article, I was struck by the fact that God does not leave us.  God is there.  In fact, there is a hymn entitled, “God Is Here.”  And there are so many others about the faithfulness of God.  But how about our own faithfulness?  Sometimes in our world that expects everything it asks for yesterday, we lose sight of the fact that sometimes we need to be patient and wait.  In fact, don’t forget that one of the fruits of the Spirit is patience. 

So instead of our giving up on God, perhaps we should remember the words of an old hymn, “Have Faith in God.”  Honestly, I could not remember all the words so I went to my trusty old “Broadman Hymnal” and looked up the lyrics.  I was especially struck by two of the verses which I would like to quote here:  “Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered, your earnest plea he will never forget;  wait on the Lord, trust His word and be patient;  Have faith in God, He’ll answer yet.  Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow.  His heart is touched with your grief and despair; cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him, and leave them there, oh, leave them there.  (Have faith in God, He’s on His throne; have faith in God, He watcheth o’er His own; He cannot fail, He must prevail; Have faith in God, have faith in God).”

Ok, Billy, why did you choose these two verses?  Well, I guess it’s because they speak to me personally.  I hate to admit that sometimes I get frustrated and become downhearted when a prayer which I have prayed for quite a while is not answered as I had wanted it to be.  The phrase that caught my attention in this verse was, “your earnest plea he will never forget.”  And ya’ll, it makes total sense.  God may not answer that prayer right away. But in his amazing mind which is better than any computer now or in the future, he will not forget it.  That is comforting to me. 

Secondly, there is a phrase that I really do need to remember.  It’s hard for me to act as the phrase instructs.  The phrase is, “cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him, and leave them there…” I pray about some things that concern me but hold on to them.  It’s almost like my faith is too weak to believe that God will take care of those things.  And let me quickly say that I am not saying you should not apply due diligence to any problem but I am saying that we still need to give that problem to God.  I had a spiritual advisor tell me once that we should imagine tying up our major concerns in a box, laying them on God’s altar, and then turning and walking away.  ‘Cause face it folks, there are some things that we are just not capable of doing.

And finally, the phrase in the chorus which is in parentheses that says, “He’s on His throne.”  It is there as a reminder of hope in God.  It doesn’t mean that God is only on His throne as he is omnipresent.  But it does mean that He is “large and in charge.”

Yep, some of the older hymns can certainly be a sermon in themselves.  I hope that you found this article a positive blessing.  Please stay safe.

God bless,       Billy