It’s been a crazy week, so it’s one of those where I’m just barely sliding into home plate as far as getting these posts out before midnight! However, in the midst of this craziness, I have found a good deal of peace, comfort, and strength in several hymns that have danced across my mind and been hummed on the way to class or in the car. Colossians 3:16 tells us to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” I especially need to remember this during my busy weeks when I am wondering how to fit everything in my schedule, and upon realizing that “fitting everything” is not an option, while prioritizing is mandatory. I’ve been praying this week that God would keep my faith and purpose in Him as an integral part of each day.
Though it will make for a short post, I’d like to share some of them with you (further commentary may appear in later posts!). For each song, I included a little excerpt that I’ve found particularly profound or moving. Sometimes seeing the words isolated from the melody helps me to think about them a little more. For example, consider the absolute magnitude described in the “The Love of God” excerpt. I’m so blessed by these songs that remind me of the continuing grace and love of such a beautiful Savior.
The Love of God
Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill and every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure, the saints’ and angels’ song!
Bless the Lord (10,000 Reasons) by Matt Redman
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me,
Let me be singing when the evening comes.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul;
Worship His holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul;
I’ll worship Your holy name.
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean vast of blessing, ’tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
Forgiven by Sanctus Real
When I don’t fit in and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere;
When I don’t measure up to much in this life,
Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ.
And I’m forgiven; I’m forgiven.
And I don’t have to carry the weight of who I’ve been
‘Cause I’m forgiven.
Do you have any songs or hymns that consistently remind you of truths of the gospel or that are close to your heart? I’d love to hear them- feel free to comment below!