jesusCOMMENT ON CHRISTIAN MUSIC.    Praises, prayers, confessions, curses, complaints, word games, “trust & obey”, “woe is me”, history, instructions, testimonies. Some folks think it is a  more “holy” thing to sing psalms to the Lord.  They might be right but they generally only sing one kind – songs of praise.  The Psalms really give us room for lots of Christian music styles.  I am glad!  I love almost everything from blue grass to Handel’s Messiah.  (With a large dose of Fanny Crosby.)

DAVID, SOLOMON, AND ME. I don’t know how many songs or psalms David wrote, but I do know he wrote a lot of them. Besides song writin’ and harp playin’, David was good at repentin’ as evidenced by his lament in Psalm 51. I know Solomon wrote 1004 songs plus a love story – also called a song. He didn’t seem too good at repentin’. He probably could have stayed out of trouble better if he had written less and repented more. As for me – I have to repent before I can really praise and worship. Even on a good week, the place I long for is sitting at Jesus’ feet and feeling his forgiving grace flood over me.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Sitting on my sofa while watching TV, I feel like my sins are quite small and not overly abundant; I view them from an entirely different angle while sitting at the feet of Jesus. Little sins can make any kind of song sound like “sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.” The key is Colossians 3:16, “singing with grace in your hearts”. A heart that has lost its grace cannot sound like one that is full of grace. “Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin…” (Haldor Lillenas, 1918)jesus

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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4 Responses to DAVID, SOLOMON, AND ME

  1. Faye says:

    The problem as I see it today is lack of understanding of what is praise music and what should be worship music. ‘Come into His courts with praise’ a-men but when you get there Look up and then worship music is all that should be played and sung when in His Presence.(ie Throne Room music) David certainly knew the difference….Psalms of complaints, Psalms of grief, repentance, rejoicing, but also affirmation worship…..The Lord is My Shepherd. Majesty comes to mind to me as the finest example of worship music …not a hymn. not grand music but with the ability to take people focus off ‘themselves’ and even the people ‘up front’ or ‘around’ and focus on HIM. thanks for post.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I learned so much from songs. Paul says to speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. And I have trouble with one thinking they can worship just because the song is a worship song. “Sounding brass and tinkling cymbals” I like “Pass me not, Oh gentle Savior, hear my humble cry….” Many people who spend their quote of time on Sunday morning in “praise and worship” know diddly-squat about the Bible and most of them will not consider coming an hour earlier in order to go to a Bible class. Or Sunday evening? Are you kidding? I’m harsh, huh? I agree that if the worship were truly worship the Lord can put a hunger in the heart for study and prayer. But I still think there needs to be teaching of the Word in song and sermon. Hope I’m disagreeing agreeable. 😀

  2. Roos Ruse says:

    Like you, Oneta my taste in music covers a wide array of genres. I too noticed since putting everything else aside until after Devotional and prayer time how much longer my prayers go on and on. I’m remarkably good with this as I recall my mental state when I used to listen to the news first. This is a lovely post, Oneta.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Roo. Devotions are wonderful when you have remained focused and quiet in spirit to the point of not wanting to move on to the rest of the day. And the days seem to go better with that start. 😀

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