“Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship,” an Editorial Review

I love being a part of worship. I also love to sing. When you put the two together, for me, you really have something. I don’t understand why people don’t sing in worship. “Well preacher you have never heard me sing.” While that may be true, God gives us permission to sing bad and as long as its joyful. Well, that is my interpretation of “Make a joyful noise.”

Being in worship and looking across a congregation and not see any mouths moving could lead one to believe worship is a spectator sport. Such thinking (and it isn’t just in our music) is saying we need to leave worship to the professionals. According to Mr. Webster, worship is both a noun and a verb. We remember the noun pretty well, “I am going to the church for worship.” We tend to forget the verb part and it’s scriptural roots, “Worship the Lord your God.”

I ran across an article yesterday Renewing Worship North Carolina by Kenny Lamm. In the article gave nine reasons he believes church folks don’t sing anymore. Let me share those with you.

  1. The people don’t know the songs.
  2. The songs aren’t suitable for congregational singing.
  3. We sing in keys to high for the average singer.
  4. The congregation can’t hear the people around them singing.
  5. We have created worship services which are spectator events, building a performance environment.
  6. The congregation feels they are not expected to sing.
  7. We fail to have a common body of hymnody.
  8. Worship leaders ad lib too much.
  9. Worship leaders are not connecting with the congregation

I agree with Lamm in some of his ideas but I don’t think you can lay all this off on pastors and worship leaders. Without question, the singing isn’t as good when we sing a song the congregation doesn’t know. But, how will we learn the songs if we never sing them. At one point, “Amazing Grace” was a new song the Church didn’t know.

We sing songs not suitable for congregational singing and sing them in keys to high for the average singer. While I do love to sing I understand these but I also know contemporary Christian music often receives the blame. There are many hymns in our hymnal that, as far as I’m concerned, that are written entirely too high. I am a bass with a limited range. As a pastor, I remember some years back, singing a hymn that was difficult for the congregation. The congregation would slow. That would make the musicians slow. Hearing the musicians slow, the congregation slowed. Then the musicians slowed again and it was a vicious circle and by the end, it was painful. Lamm is right about these things but it is not just a problem with contemporary music. Pull an obscure hymn from your hymnal and watch the reaction.

The congregation can’t hear the people around them singing. I had a youth group one time that, after hearing me complain about the volume, came to youth one night, all wearing t-shirts that said, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” Perhaps I am. I have my reasons for wanting the volume to stay down. Somewhere high on that list is, I don’t think God intends for worship to make us deaf. But I also think Lamm has a pretty good thought here, except I think he neglects one thing, In other settings, concerts and such, people sing with the music and it is just as loud, if not louder.

We create spectator events and then call them worship. While there is an attitude that sometimes invades the church, “let the professionals do it.” Worship often lacks any form of participation by the congregation. It isn’t just in the music. I don’t know any worship leader who has created a worship experience where they intentionally leave the congregation out.

The congregation thinks they aren’t expected to sing. Really? Worship from early times was part of what the congregation did. In the front of the United Methodist Hymnal are “Wesley’s Rules for Singing.” In 1761 John Wesley wrote down his rules for singing that were to help lead early Methodists in their worship, particularly the music. There are seven rules. Six of the seven begin with the word “Sing!” Today, 259 years later, I say the expectation is the same.

There are a lot of songs out there. We have access to most of them but that doesn’t mean we should try to sing them all. Over the years I have done a lot of music in a lot of retirement centers and nursing homes. I came to realize some time back, that people in a nursing home that can’t tell you their name will know every word to the hymns we sing. But, the hymns we sing, they have been singing for 70, 80 , 90 years. They remember the old Cokesbury hymns or the Stamps-Baxter hymns or the Broadman hymns. I still preach there, maybe five minutes and then we get back to the music. It will do more good than anything I will say. There is a certain group of hymns that I draw from in that environment. Using those hymns, people sing. Lamm is right here. We need a body of hymns, even if it is a local congregation, a body of hymns that almost everyone knows. These songs should not be our only songs in worship but they should be part of it.

Worship leaders ad lib and are not connecting with the people they lead. The ad lib part of this can be problematic. It can be easy for a congregation to get lost in what the worship leader does. Even for we who read music, did he just skip the repeat? If you ad lib I will probably miss it and then we are no longer connecting.

The internet is full of articles ranging from 1 reason to 25, perhaps more of why people aren’t singing in worship. But I would submit that the problem isn’t just in our singing. Way too many of our congregations have few, if any, who participate in worship. Music is one, but congregants having no response during the sermon is also way too common. We all need to remember, worship is not just a noun, it is also a verb. Worship may be at 7:00 tonight. We may go, but will we actually worship. Our singing would be a good place to start.

Have a great evening.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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On Camping Out with God (Psalm 15)

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

1 Who can live in your tent, Lord?
    Who can dwell on your holy mountain?
The person who
    lives free of blame,
    does what is right,
        and speaks the truth sincerely;
    who does no damage with their talk,
    does no harm to a friend,
    doesn’t insult a neighbor;
    someone who despises
        those who act wickedly,
        but who honors those
        who honor the Lord;
    someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts;
    someone who doesn’t lend money with interest,
    who won’t accept a bribe against any innocent person.
Whoever does these things will never stumble. (Psalm 15:1-5, Common English Bible)

Let me begin by saying, “Yes, I am aware that the tent in the picture above is not the Tabernacle.” There are no pictures of the Tabernacle on the internet or otherwise. The best we have is someone’s opinion of how Tabernacle looked. I don’t know exactly how the Tabernacle looked except to look at the Scriptures where there are instructions on how the Tabernacle should be built.

We don’t know exactly what the Tabernacle might have looked like. We are not going to worship per se, we are going camping. God did not leave us instructions on what a camping ten might have looked like 3000 years ago. Somehow I don’t think there was much camping for pleasure.

When I worked at the FDIC I had a co-worker who believed herself to be a witch. She dabbled in witchcraft and did some Wicca worship. She said she didn’t believe in the need Divine forgiveness. She didn’t see the point in the human creatures need for salvation. She did see the need for eternal life and was convinced it would be hers for the taking. How? She was a good person. She believed she would spend eternity in God. She also told me that as a United Methodist I was a tri-thiest. Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were not persons of the Trinity. Jesus and the Holy Spirit were inferior to God. That meant there was no reason to worship them.

I don’t know the who, where when, how of i all, but this lady was terribly misguided. She did not understood little if any Christian doctrine.

As the Psalmist speaks here, I really don’t think my old co-worker will be camping out in God’s tent unless she had a change of heart. It could happen but there are no guarantees. Contrary to what she thought, you were not good enough. And left to our own devices, we will mess it up. While all of this is truthful, her she continued to believe she was good enough.

We have so many people around us everyday, some of them are great people but either don’t believe in anything or they believe in the wrong thing. They think they are a good person and they are wrong. Good, even great are not good enough.

There was also a young man I read about some time back. He was a Satan worshiper. He also believed that he was a good man and he didn’t need someone to squeeze him for money. He also believed he was good enough.

He and the rest of us are good enough to fail in our hike to live in the Kingdom. On our own, we will never be good enough. Scripture reminds us that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. John, in his first letter said that if we say we have no sin, then the truth is not in us.

The psalmist asks who can go camping with God. With tongue firmly in my cheek, we know this isn’t about camping. Still, the psalmist wants to know who can go into God’s tent. The person who lives free of blame, does what is right, and speaks the truth sincerely… Always remember John’s words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.”

That means we need grace. None of us can find eternity without it. We need it because we don’t already have it. We need more than words, we need God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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The Words of a Fool (Psalm 14)

Psalm 14

Denunciation of Godlessness

To the leader. Of David.

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
    to see if there are any who are wise,
    who seek after God.

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
    there is no one who does good,
    no, not one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon the Lord?

There they shall be in great terror,
    for God is with the company of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
    When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
    Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
(Psalm 14:1-7, New Revised Standard Version)

The Words of a Fool

(a poem based on Psalm 14)

What did I hear you say? How can you say that?
I don’t understand, why can’t you believe?
How can you reject God, your empty words fall flat.
Words of a fool make my heart grieve.

“I have no faith?” Is that really your belief?
God gives you each breath you take, breathe deep.
God is with you in times of grace and times of grief.
“There is no God,” words of a fool.

From above God looks down on you with grief and tears.
God calls your name. Listen as God speaks.
Listen to God’s voice, hear God with listening ears.
Words of a fool, make life bleak.

Do not turn from God, stand firm and do not stray.
Have faith in God, follow and do good.
God is always for you, remember when you pray.
No words of a fool, firm you stood.

Fortunes of faithful people, God does restore
Do not be a head-strong, stubborn mule.
Accept God’s great gift, divine grace God will sill pour.
Faith words aren’t the words of a fool.

Come join with faithful servants seeking God’s love.
Follow God in faith, an easy rule
God then will lift you from the muck to stand above,
Never saying the words of a fool.

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Seven Essential Questions: Who is God?

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you.

12 Say hello to each other with a holy kiss.[a] All of God’s people say hello to you.

13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

I apologize if you liked the 2006 movie, Talladega Nights. It may be the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen, could be the stupidest movie in history.

          My opinion of the movie is low. It is higher than Cindy’s. I think it has a redeeming scene in it. The reason this scene is redeeming is, it makes a good sermon illustration. If you decide, to go and stream it on Netflix or something, don’t blame me when you spend two hours you’ll never get back. As for that one redeeming scene, I’ll tell you so you have no reason to watch except to lose brain cells. If you are like Cindy and me and you already invested time, I’m really, really, sorry.

          Martin Thielen, in his book, What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian: A Guide to What Matters Most” says it’s the funniest scene of the movie. Maybe. I didn’t say funny. I said redeeming.

NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, played by Will Ferrell, his family and best friend Cal, are at dinner in a combo Domino’s, KFC, and Taco Bell. Ricky offers grace.

          He begins his prayer, “Dear Lord Baby Jesus.” He then thanks Baby Jesus for the various blessings, including his wife, Carley. As he prays, he keeps repeating the phrase, “Dear Lord, Baby Jesus.”

          Carley interrupts him and says, “You know, Sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him baby.”

          Ricky replies, “I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I’m saying grace. Whey you say grace, you can say it to grown-up Jesus or teenage Jesus, or bearded Jesus, or whoever you want.”

          Ricky continues his prayer, “Dear tiny Jesus…” The scene goes on in an irreverent style that you don’t want me to say. If you want to know, I have the dialogue. He finishes his prayer after several interruptions, thanking baby Jesus for his NASCAR victories and the millions he’s won. He finishes saying, “Thank you for all your power and grace, dear Baby God. Amen.

          Count on Hollywood to raise religious issues in an irreverent way. That scene, irreverent though it may be, raises a serious theological question. “Who is Jesus?” There is a bigger question to ask, “Who is God?”

          Last week I asked you to share with me, what image came to your mind when you closed your eyes and thought of God. What picture comes to your mind? For Ricky Bobby it was the baby Jesus. For his father-in-law, an adult male with a beard. For his friend Cal? Well, we’ll move on.

          What image or picture comes to mind when you think of God? For me, it was my grandmothers. I know without question, both of my grandmothers loved me. I am even more confident, if that is even possible, that God loved me. My grandmothers wouldn’t hesitate to praise me when I was right or did something good. They both loved to tell others about her grandson the preacher. They both loved that I was a preacher, even if I slipped up and went and became a Methodist. Like both of my parents, my grandmothers were lifelong Baptists. I went and broke the mold.

          As for you, the top answer was “creator of everything.” Other answers were, “All things, sun, moon, stars, rain”; “peace, comfort and love” “loving arms, and “my all in all. One of you drew a picture of a shepherd and a lamb. That is a great image of our good shepherd. Thank you for participating.

          The idea for this series came from the Bob Thielen book, Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian. Thielen spends most of this section – talking about Jesus. That’s important, there is no question about it. I think there’s a bigger question, “Who is God.” It’s a bigger question because we, and our almost every Christian denomination are Trinitarian in our understanding of God. This includes Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and the Christian Church to name only a few.

          We believe in one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mike Warnke, who worked as a Christian comedian said that the Trinity is like a cherry pie. He said a good cherry pie it is runny in the middle. Cutting the pie, you see lines in the crust but if you lift the crust the filling would run together. There are three pieces but deeper, it is all one.

          I’ve served several times on District Committees on Ministry. There are lots of questions asked of candidates for ministry. There are a few asked of EVERY candidate coming before the committee. It is something like this, “You are teaching the confirmation class. Explain the Trinity to your class.” The most common answer is, “water.” Water comes in three forms, ice, water, and steam and yet it is still one thing, H2O.

          Another way to think of the Trinity is God the Father = the Creator God. God the Son = the Redeemer God. God the Holy Spirit = the Sustainer God.

          We think the Trinity is hard. Mike Warnke said, “God didn’t make it that hard. God made it as simple as cherry pie.” While I think the image of cherry pie is interesting, it is also incomplete. Any of our images are incomplete.

          Here is the thing. God is bigger than anything we understand. Warnke also did say, “We couldn’t take God in one bite if we had to.” On that is right.

          The Trinity is a theological idea, not, a Biblical concept. I’ve told you before, the website I use when studying translations and paraphrases is biblegateway.com. I use this site because I can compare several versions side by side and I can cut and paste it into my sermon and not retype.

          Biblegateway.com features 53 versions of the Bible. 50 versions don’t have the word Trinity in them. That left three, and they are three I wouldn’t use. They aren’t bad, just more obscure. They are, The Amplified Bible, The Expanded Bible, and The Voice. Each had a verse from Revelation but none were the same verse. The Expanded Bible had a verse from Isaiah and The Voice one from 1 Corinthians, both talk about an “unholy trinity.” None shared the word in the same verse. All five verses were different. That, and the 50 versions with nothing leads me to discredit all three.

          Our lesson is Paul’s closing words in 2 Corinthians. He speaks of the three persons of the Trinity. We don’t get closer than that. And, whether Trinitarian or not, Christians would agree all three are important.

          Last week I talked about significance and how we, small though we are in comparison the universe, God created it all. God continues to create. We see children coming to life. I love spring. The world seems to come to life.

A couple of weeks ago Cindy made a business trip to Austin. When she came home, she talked about the bluebonnets blooming. God’s creative hand works around us. When I was a student at University of Houston, I took an astronomy class. I learned that the universe continues to expand.

          God the Son is our Redeemer. Without Jesus coming to earth as one of us. He lived the life of a human being. He knew times or triumph and he knew times of pain and disappointment. He died a horrific death at the hands of those he came to save, all so that we who believe would not die at the end of this life but that we would live again. We would live eternally with God.

          God the Holy Spirit is our guide. Thee Spirit leads. That small voice we hear at times, telling you what you should do? Sometimes it’s us trying to justify what we want but there is also a real possibility that God is speaking, giving guidance to you. People sometimes expect to hear God in a booming voice. While God can and does sometimes speak in the booming voice, there is also the very real possibility that God will speak as God did to Elijah. God wasn’t in the earthquake. God wasn’t in the fire. God was in the quiet.

          One God, three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that is our God. All the images we have are OK, but let’s recognize them for what they are, images coming from humans, finite beings, trying to explain an infinite God.

          I’ve done the poll before. I don’t remember all answer. They were like yours. The exception was the first time. The top answer I didn’t see it coming but, I understand. “The Wizard of Oz.” Toward the end, Dorothy and frends make it to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, Oz is a foreboding figure, with a barreling voice, steam coming from his nose, demanding to receive his favor earn it. At best, it’s an Old Testament image, and, it’s lacking.

          The image is bad, yet not the end. When Toto pulls the curtain, the man behind it is compassionate, not demanding but full of grace, bestowing gifts to the group. It’s still lacking. When his balloon leaves Dorothy behind, he can’t navigate the balloon get her and return her to Kansas.

          Oz, like our other images is lacking. He isn’t big enough. Nothing is powerful enough. Nothing is big enough.

St. Anselm’s Ontological Argument says God is bigger than we can imagine. His argument says, if the human mind can conceive all the nature of God, God is no longer infinite because the finite mind understands.

          That is not our God. The God we know is infinite in wisdom, power and love. The God we know is bigger than we can know, understand or fully comprehend. What we need to know is God is still working and at work in the world to create and recreate, to bring forgiveness, grace, and salvation to a fallen creature, and to lead us and guide us, now and forevermore.

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He Wants Me

I am getting to the point that I love Saturdays more now than ever. When I started My Song Saturday, it was a way to share some of my music. It also keeps me writing. I know Saturday is coming and I need to have something ready. In that way, it is just like Sunday.

I really don’t remember if Love Lifted Me was on that list of hymns that fell out of a book, and I was ready to get on the road. The sooner we left the sooner we would get there.

Though this song did not have the history for lack of a better word, as “Standing on the Promises,” “Showers of Blessing,” and “O For a Thousand Tongues to sing, but I love the old hymn I used as the basis for this song. The song, one of my favorites, “Love Lifted Me.” The title of the song I wrote., “He Wants Me.”

He Wants Me

[Verse 1]
I was sitting in my pew, waiting for church to start.
Thinking ‘bout a bowl of stew, my wife’s work of art.
When through the door, came Pastor Shore, looking I knew the score.
He said, “Go and, serve the world, and give God more.”

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 2]
I was thinking; that’s a job, I want no work to do.
Someone else can do the work and give the offering too.
I thought, “I’ll go find a new church where nothing else is due.
I heard a voice say, “Jonah’s choice, but grace for you.”

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 3]
My life is full with kids and work, daily I need more time.
To work my hours and then go home, that is a dream of mine.
I’ve looked and staff is cut to the bone, looking to save a dime
He said, there’s still work to do, make your prayer prime.

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 4]
Today I went and walked the dog, and thought on my tithes to church Church budget looks bleak and finances weak ministry is hard on the purse But God gave us all, a stewardship call, be joyful, give tithes, not a curse. My budget’s a mess, it causes me stress, I give, I’m blest..

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 5]
I always thought that others should give, I needn’t do my part
Remember to pray, be present and give, living the vows is an art
We share out of faith, we share our gifts, it puts us on a great start
What we give shows love for God, its not Walmart.

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

What is your mission? What are you most passionate about? How can you use your passion to build the Kingdom of God? It is up to you.

Blessings to you this Saturday.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Are We All Dumb? (Psalm 14)

Psalm 14

For the music leader. Of David.

14 Fools say in their hearts, There is no God.
    They are corrupt and do evil things;
    not one of them does anything good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on humans
    to see if anyone is wise,
    to see if anyone seeks God,
        but all of them have turned bad.
        Everyone is corrupt.
        No one does good—
        not even one person!

Are they dumb, all these evildoers,
    devouring my people
    like they are eating bread
        but never calling on the Lord?

Count on it: they will be in utter panic
    because God is with the righteous generation.
You evildoers may humiliate
    the plans of those who suffer,
        but the Lord is their refuge.

Let Israel’s salvation come out of Zion!
        When the Lord changes
        his people’s circumstances for the better,
        Jacob will rejoice;
        Israel will celebrate! (Psalm 14:1-7, Common English Bible).

As I read Psalm 14, an old bumper sticker came to my mind. I can’t really remember when I saw it, but I know there were many people who displayed it proudly on their bumper or window. It said, “Beam Me Up Scotty, There’s No Intelligent Life Down Here.”

I have watched some Star Trek over the years, particularly the past 43 years since Cindy and I got married. She likes Sci-fi in general and both Star Trek and Star Wars specifically. I don’t care for science fiction at all but I didn’t mind watching “The Next Generation” with her. Well, I didn’t mind it too much. Hey, I’ve even used it in sermon illustrations a few times.

The psalmist is the one who brings up the subject. “The Lord looks down from heaven to see if there is anyone who might be wise. ” Apparently God has a tough time finding even one person who meets the psalmist’s criteria for wisdom. I know, the bumper sticker says they lack intelligence and the psalm says they aren’t wise. I know they are not quite the same but it is close enough for our purposes.

The psalmist didn’t just say they had no wisdom. He moves on in his critique of the human creature, saying everyone is dumb as dirt. What? I know he didn’t say, “as dirt” but I can’t help but wonder if that’s what he was thinking. And why were we all so dumb? We who do evil in God’s sight, and that would be all of us, devour God’s people like they were bread and they never call on the Lord.

The idea of “devouring my people,” reminds me of the words of a friend once said to me. “We in the Church tend to eat our wounded.” God’s people, who are going through difficulty in life, are all too often destroyed, by the people who God charges with the most important commandment, love God and love neighbor.

I know I have spent much of this post attempting (probably unsuccessfully, to be funny. Whether I accomplished that or not I will leave for you to decide. But at this point, I’ve got to be serious for a bit. At least some of the time, we act in ways to people who are at points where their lives are vulnerable. When they need love and support most, they don’t just miss out on what they need, even more is taken away.

In the comparison the psalmist makes, “devouring my people like they are eating bread,” is an interesting path he takes. Bread was an important part of any meal in the ancient world. Bread is important at mealtime for many today, but it was truly more important to them than any of us. We may like to eat bread, but bread wasn’t just something to eat, it was sometimes the biggest part of the meal. It also wasn’t just something to eat, bread was a utensil with which they would eat. They would use the bread to push the food up onto a fork or spoon.

Bread is also interesting because it was served at every meal. We eat a meal and about five hours later, we eat again. About five hours after that, we eat again. It could be that the psalmist was saying, the dumb, evil-doers constantly are eating away at God’s people.

Another thought crossed my mind. I don’t know much about sharks except that I am not particularly interested in sharing my swimming area with them. I am not sure when I saw this on television but I know that is where I saw it, perhaps on “Shark Week” or something. If a shark becomes injured and bleeds into the water. Other sharks will since the blood in the water and the wounded shark will come under attack.

I know very little about chickens either beyond when you want some you go to KFC or Church’s. Someone shared with me some time back, that if one chick looks different from all the others, the others will peck at it until they kill it.

We may not physically attack the wounded among us. We may not peck to death those that are different. But, often without even realizing we are doing so, we attack the most vulnerable among us. We don’t attack with our bearing our teeth with a vicious growl like a dog might do, but we still bring harm on one another. And, we also do so, without ever giving God a second thought.

When we fail to give God a second thought, when we do no fall before God with humble hearts, we not only act in ways that aren’t wise, the psalmist had it right. We act pretty dumb. That is a good challenge for us today.

Lord, place your wisdom in my head and run my dumb out. To respond to you is wise and to ignore you, well, that is pretty dumb. Amen.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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We Will Sing Praise (Psalm 13)

Sing praise, Sing praise!

Psalm 13[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me (Psalm 13:1-6, New International Version)

To often you seem far from me.
When shall my eyes open.
I know you are near let me see.
It is you I hope in.

Why God can I not see your face?
Do you hide from your child?
Where are you in this place?
Can I be reconciled?

I am your child, turn not away.
Turn yourself to this place.
Though the wind blows, I will not sway
Each day I seek your grace.

Mother taught me to trust in you.
Though the path may be hard,
I seek You and the grace I knew.
Against sin, I will guard.

I seek you and you I will find.
Then, you I will worship.
I shall show the world I’m not blind
I will be in your grip.

The wicked say, “The Lord is dead.”
Show them their errant ways.
In your love, your children won’t dread.
To You, we will sing praise.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission given for non commercial use

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