Hello dearies! By the time you all see this post, my family and I will be up in Kalamazoo for a sort of holiday. Our Pastor’s son is getting married to a gal in Kalamazoo (haven’t you seen our song for them yet?), and then the next day we’ll be stopping down in Holland for an impromptu tourist visit for my Birthday (which is the 21st!). Well enough about what we’re doing this weekend! Let’s talk about some other things, such as my outfit!
Never mind, the outfit can wait. I want to talk about something else. 😀
This past Sunday our Pastor was preaching on the importance of music in the worship of God. I didn’t take any notes, I never do, but I’ll try and give you all a summary of his points. Throughout the Bible, you find that where there is any mention of praise, it also speaks of singing. If you look through the psalms, practically every. single. psalm speaks of praising and singing to the Lord. Even the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119) is a song about the Lord’s commandments and law. This point flowed into the next point which is: We need to be about the business of writing hymns unto the Lord. We need to be writing songs about our Lord’s might, glory and power over his enemies, and his mercy and grace to His people, not about how we feel, which is what quite a number of Christian songs these days sadly are about. Now, I know I am treading on controversial ground writing this up, but I feel I must say it. We are treading dreadfully close to our hymns being too similar sounding to the rest of the world’s songs. We are too focused on ourselves in our hymns, and not focused enough on God.
One last thing that struck me about our pastor’s sermon, was the coincidence of the fact that I had read 1 Chronicles, Chapter 9 just the night before, which spoke about the Levites and their responsibilities. The verse that specifically stood out to me, in the fact that I finally understood and could comprehend it’s meaning, was verse 33 which says, “These are the singers, heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites, who lodged in the chambers, and were free from other duties; for they were employed in that work day and night.” (1 Chronicles 9: 33, NKJV). You may think this is just some ordinary verse, as I did, until that night. Ever since I was little I had always thought that it was strange that these particular Levites didn’t have to do any work except for singing. But now that I am a singer myself, I can completely understand exactly what this job entails. These Levites would not only have to sing unto the Lord, but also come up with the melody, the words, the harmonies for the singers, the parts for the instruments, organize everybody; and then after all that, finally finish their work by singing it before the Lord. Now that’s an all day task! And I know that by just a few hours experience of writing parts from pre-written melodies.
So in other words, we should put effort into our songs to the Lord. THINK about what you’re singing, and if you’re writing a hymn, analyze if the words are more about your feelings, or about the Lord’s glory, might, mercy and grace.
Well, on to my outfit! Which is probably what most of you clicked through to read about. I wanted to wear this silk skirt last Sunday. The only blouse that I had that would work was this blue blouse from Old Navy, and when I put the two together it worked perfectly (I wore the blouse backwards by the way)! I wanted to bring out the black in the skirt, so I borrowed this belt from Charlotte. What was rather funny is that the buckle is broken, so whenever we got home after Church, and were heading out to take these pictures, the buckle was almost practically folded in half. Yikes! So we had to wait a few minutes for the super glue that I applied to dry. It’s still broken… Fudge.
My shoes are not the typical shoe shape that I normally wear, but Mom suggested that I wear them since they were the same color as the rest of my outfit. So I tried them on, and they were perfect. Maybe my pre-conceived notions about shoe-shapes that I like and don’t like aren’t so correct…