Sunday, September 29, 2013
"Give Me Thy Heart"
She was only a few notes into the prelude when I found myself silently singing. It was a surprising moment, but then, such are to be expected in worship. The song I had not heard since forever ago. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time, but I do remember that it was one I grew up singing in church as a boy. She played and I sang under my breath. No one heard me as I sat there in the pulpit chair singing this song from the past. " 'Give me thy heart,' says the Father above. No gift so precious to Him as our love. Softly He whispers, 'Wherever thou art.' Gratefully trust Me and give Me thy heart. Give me thy heart, give me thy heart. Hear the soft whisper wherever thou art. From this dark world, He would draw thee apart. Softly, so tenderly, give me thy heart."
Such moments of remembrance and blessing happen often enough that I should not be surprised, but always I am. It is amazing to me that a song from so far back in my past could be remembered so quickly. The mind and heart is an amazing thing. Somewhere along the way, I sang that song so much it became embedded deep in my spirit to be recalled with such clarity at an unexpected moment. My experience is nothing special. Each of us have had such experiences when God brings to mind some word or song to bless us again and again.
All of this makes a strong case for exposing our children to the great songs of faith. They, too, might benefit some day from something that soaks into their spirit even though they are unaware it is happening. And, it also speaks to the value of memorizing sections of scripture. Who knows when some Word of God may be needed in our faith journey? Who knows when some unexpected moment will bring to mind a piece of God's Word which will get us through a difficult and impossible set of circumstances? Like you, I am grateful for what is stored away already for possible recall in the future and, perhaps, we all could be more intentional about letting God's Word settle in our hearts in the present moment.