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Do We Really Mean It?

By Don Loftis | 04.27.16

The story is told of a noted conductor who was guiding his chorus and orchestra through a dress rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah.  The soprano soloist sang a perfect musical rendition of the refrain “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth.”  The conductor was neither pleased nor impressed.  He asked her, if she really knew her redeemer, to which she replied, “I think so.”  His challenge was , “Then sing like it.”

 

Every worship period we sing some great hymns.  Some are old, others new.  Some are fast, others slow.  Though we always want to do our best, the challenge of worship is not the quality of the music, but the heartfelt quality of the words sung.

 

Do we mean it, when we sing…

“Christ we do all adore Thee, and we do praise Thee

forever.”

“Oh how I love Jesus, Oh how I love Jesus,

Oh how I love Jesus, because He first loved me.”

“My Jesus I love you, I know Thou art mine.

For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.”

“I bring my sins to Thee, the sins I cannot count,

that all may cleansed be in Thy once opened fount.”

 

During the singing, are we participants or spectators?  Do we experience and display emotions, or do we strive to be stoic?  Are our thinking about the content or vainly singing lyrics?  Let’s never allow our minds to be in neutral or our spirits to be asleep!  Don’t forget, we are commanded to sing with the spirit and the mind (I Cor. 14:15).

 


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