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Just returned from Sunday morning church.  Thankful for songs-songs that teach, songs that praise.  The sparrows and meadowlarks sang together.  I like it like that.  Some skilled, some not so skilled, but singing together.

WHEN SPARROWS AND SWALLOWS SANG – “How lovely is your Temple, O Lord of the armies of heaven. I long, yes, faint with longing to be able to enter your courtyard and come near to the Living God. Even the sparrows and swallows are welcome to come and nest among your altars and there have their young. O Lord of heaven’s armies, my King and my God! How happy are those who can live in your Temple, singing your praises!” Psalms 84:1-4 (Living Bible)  This was written by “sons of Korah.”  They were the skilled and chosen musicians of that time.  I’m glad they recognized that people like me – the sparrows an swallows ‘ also wanted to sing.  I’m glad they welcomed me into the temple.singing

Are you an old traditionalist (songbook style) or a new traditionalist (off the wall style)? I’ve observed that old traditionalists have experienced a time on the “mount of transfiguration” and many wish to dwell there. Like Peter, they say, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.” (Matt. 17:4) They are not unfamiliar with the glory of the Lord! The truth is that where the Lord is, is GLORY, and when He has left the mountain, the glory has gone with him. It is sometimes hard to see through the mirage. Some in both groups have NOT discovered that HE IS THE MUSIC; some still think it is rhythm, words, and volume with some ambiance of lights and smoke.

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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5 Responses to HE IS THE MUSIC

  1. You are a wise woman. My husband and I tend to like all styles and keep telling those who do not wish to compromise at all that personal choice should not interfere with praising.
    I love how you pointed out that when God leaves the mountain ….. so does His glory!

    • oneta hayes says:

      And the “heart” of the song goes with him. I particularly am partial to songs that everyone (sparrows and meadowlarks) can sing. What urged me to this blog is that I noticed a young woman in church (I was in the choir so I could see her easily) who was singing all the songs. After church I asked her if she would be interested in singing in the choir. She said she would not because she could not sing at all. I said that I watched her singing all the songs and she said she was singing but she couldn’t carry a tune. I don’t know whether she could or if she was just convinced she could not. Anyway I was glad to see her enjoying the songs so much even if she didn’t think she could carry a tune. If I enjoyed it just think how much the Lord valued her songs! We sang mostly hymns – the kind the new traditionalists say twenty year olds do not like. Anyway Jesus was her music and it blessed me.

  2. calensariel says:

    I guess I must be an old traditionalist. Though I don’t mind praise music, I abhor songs that you can replace Jesus’ name with your girl/boy friend’s name. Does that make sense?

    • oneta hayes says:

      Perfect sense. They are rather generic, aren’t they? And I don’t care for the ones that a person from almost any major religion can sing. That makes God seem pretty generic also.

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