Lifting a Song High to Him

Most mornings I cast around for a song that will get me going in worship, that will lift me out of myself and into the Spirit.  I do find that reading Scripture, and calming myself before Him in prayer changes me and readies me for the day.  But there has to be some joy in the morning.

Today, for instance, I still have a great ditty going round my head, a little ‘seventies’, perhaps, but it makes me smile:

Oh the best thing in my life I ever did do

Was to take off the old man and put on the new.

For the old man was dirty, and tattered and torn

But the new man is spotless, completely transformed,

Oh the best thing in my life I ever did do

Was to take off the old man and put on the new.

But even as I’m humming that through to myself, another song flashes into my mind.  It’s as if my internal ipod is set to medley (there’s an idea Apple), and rather than lingering on the same track, shifting in the Spirit to keep me limbered up in God.  An old Ishmael song: “Bring a Psalm, to the Lord, from His Spirit and by His word, Lift your voice, and rejoice, for our God is a mighty King….”.

“I am lovesick, for my Beloved, my Beloved and my friend.  Only you can satisfy…..”.  Kicking in as I’m getting changed, washing, eating cereal, cycling to work: the lyrics that set my compass to true north and remind me that agape love is the business of life: that we are to eagerly desire the greater gifts, and that we should intensely run after love before we run after any of the other gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For love is longsuffering, keeping no record of wrongs, it’s not puffed up, it takes no thought for itself, love endures and believes all things.  If the Father is love, then I am called to be love as well.  ‘Let there be love shared among us, let there be love in our eyes, may now your love fill this nation, cause us oh Lord to arise, give us a fresh understanding of brotherly love that is real, let there be love shared among us, let there be love.’

It’s funny how back in our trace memory some of the older songs drift more regularly to the surface, and in individual worship times it’s not the tune, but the Spirit that matters.  For me, knowing songs at least well enough for a few lines to surface in my memory is a vital part of communing with the Lord on a regular basis.


About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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