Ten Great Lines

I am determined to make 2009 a summer of reading. Little Will has started reading The Boxcar Children aloud to Nate, Sam and me, and I hope this is just the first of many stories that we enjoy this summer. Since I usually blog when the boys are at school, I am thinking that a shortened blog format might be good for our homelife, at least on occasion. Hence, I am going to do a top ten list, every now and then, in lieu of my normal weekly post.

In the past I have claimed that I am not a lyrics person, but I should clarify. I have very little aptitude for remembering the words to songs. In fact, I am certain those around me find this remarkable ineptitude irritating. But, for the record, I do make an effort when I find the music particularly edifying. I love each of the following songs in their entirety. I find them full of truth and wisdom, and truth and wisdom set to music is worth pondering, worth listening to and reflecting upon over and over again. I’ve picked out my favorite line from each song. Some are heartbreaking, some uplifting, all profound.
  1. The Power of the Cross by Getty Music. “Oh to see my name. Written in the wounds, For through Your suffering I am free.”
  2. Held by Natalie Grant. “If hope is born of suffering. If this is only the beginning. Can we not wait, for one hour? Watching for our Savior?”
  3. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Sarah Sadler. “Ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.”
  4. Something Beautiful by Newsboys. “I want a new beginning. One without an end.”
  5. Revelation Song by Gateway Worship. “I’m filled with wonder, awestruck wonder. At the mention of Your name.”
  6. Husbands and Wives by Brooks and Dunn. “Pride is the chief cause in the decline in the number of husbands and wives.”
  7. Be Thou My Vision By Ginny Owens. “Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise. Thou mine inheritance, now and always.”
  8. Finally Home by MercyMe “I’m gonna wrap my arms around my daddy’s neck. And tell him that I’ve missed him…When I finally make it home.”
  9. In Christ Alone by Getty Music. “No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man, can every pluck me from His hand.”
  10. Forever On and On by Point of Grace. “I’d just as soon try and count the stars up in the sky…than to measure the love there is between His outstretched hands.”
May we ponder and apply these lyrical truths this week! And I would love to know some of your favorites as well.

My Praise Baby

Sam has always been musical. When he was about two weeks old, he started to love Johnny Cash. I’m not kidding. The older boys went to different preschools and so we spent a lot of time driving around. Sam would be screaming his precious little head off and I’d put on Johnny Cash and he’d stop. He even showed a strong preference for “I’ve Been Everywhere.” This despite the fact that our household has a Johnny Cash theme song, “Jackson.” If we tried to play “Jackson,” Sam would cry and the older boys would plead, ‘”Mom, Mom, put on his favorite, put on his favorite.” Only God knows how many times we listened to that song. When Daddy was in the car with us he’d try to play something else, saying “I’m not going to let my newborn dictate what music I listen to.” But eventually he’d give in too. You can’t really listen to anything when our little Pavarotti is exercising his lungs.

And since Sam was about five months old he has loved to watch Praise Baby DVDs. If you’ve never seen one, they are sort of like Baby Einstein for Christians. The million dollar concept is background music and video clips of interesting things to look at, mostly other babies. I know, don’t you wish you would’ve thought of it? Anyway, Sam still loves his Praise Baby. He sings along, not every word but a few here and there. And when we hear those songs on the radio, he excitedly waves his arms and belts out the words he knows. The other day we were driving along and I looked at him in the rearview mirror, and that little doll face was singing “God of Wonders” with passion. The chorus says, “God of wonders, beyond our galaxy. You are holy, holy. The universe declares Your majesty. You are holy, holy.”
His beautiful little mouth, forming that O-shape to exclaim “holy” is priceless. While he sings, he sort of sways back and forth with the rhythm, tilting his head ever so slightly. It is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Needless to say, I’ve been playing “God of Wonders” over and over and attempting to get this on video. But in our house when we pull out any recording device, the boys’ IQs all drop about fifty points, and all they can manage to do is eek out “cheese” in a lethargic tone. It is incredibly difficult to get those candid snippets that depict the real Jackson boys. But alas I keep trying.
But the point is that more than being incredibly cute, Sam is unwittingly obeying a biblical command. There is a call to sing; it is not a mere suggestion, or a recommendation for those, like Sam, who enjoy music. No, the Psalms repeatedly instruct us to sing. Psalm 33:1 says “Sing joyfully to the LORD.” Psalm 33: 3 says “Sing to him a new song.” And Psalm 66:1 says “Sing the glory of his name.” In fact, there are directives to sing sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments.
So the question for the week is how often do you sing His praises? You may praise Him in your head, you may even read a psalm of praise, but music is a gift and a command. It’s more about obedience than talent. So may we SING His praises this week! You will be blessed and our Loving Father will be glorified.