Prayer Requests 11-28-18

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajisuun and The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.

   I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

12 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 11-28-18

  1. I was reading Revelation 5 this morning and came across the phrase “new song”. I searched it and fount that the phrase “New song” is used 9 times in the Bible. Six times in Psalms, once in Isaiah, which is essentially a Psalm, the way it is used.
    But it is interesting the way it is used in Revelation. The curiosity is that it seems that only they could sing.
    I haven’t paid much attention to it before because I prefer the old songs. No benefit in the new because they don’t have melody nor rhyme nor, sit seems to me, inspiration.

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  2. Chas, I just read Revelation 5 in the NIV and the KJV. It seems the new song is reserved for that time and place, but there is a praise and worship song that is sung now that uses the phrase, “Worthy is the lamb which was slain, worthy is the lamb who conquered the grave . . . Worthy, Worthy, Worthy.”
    I am writing that from memory which may not be the exact words.

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  3. We’re singing a new song here at the conference. It’s awful. It appears to have been written for our theme (Everlasting). There are plenty of good songs praising the Everlasting God, so we didn’t need a new one just for the conference. It’s hard to sing and, in my mind, just doesn’t make sense. It’s not ‘wrong’ but it’s certainly not ‘right’.

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  4. Janice, Re: 9:20
    To me it doesn’t qualify as a song.
    Anyone can take words from the Bible and put them to a non-tune.
    It’s like a lot of music we sing today.
    The words are good, but the song doesn’t come to mind while you’re working around.
    Like, for instance “Tell me the story of Jesus”.
    It just came to me, That one never will.

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    Contemporary Hymns

    One of the happier musical developments in the Christian world over the past few years has been the resurgence of hymns. Though there are many contemporary worship songs that have excellent content and are ideal for congregational worship, we just can’t afford to lose the hymn.

    There are two different kinds of contemporary hymn. In the first place, we have artists writing new hymns that come complete with new tunes. Alongside that we have artists who are finding old hymns and setting them to new music–either completely new melodies or contemporary adaptations of the traditional ones. In the list I’ve offered below, the first two seem to specialize in new hymns and new music while the others focus on the new music. …

    … While we are on the subject of hymns, here are some good words from J.C. Ryle (drawn from J.C. Ryle Quotes):

    Good hymns are an immense blessing to the Church of Christ. I believe the last day alone will show the world the real amount of good they have done. They suit all, both rich and poor. There is an elevating, stirring, soothing, spiritualizing, effect about a thoroughly good hymn, which nothing else can produce. It sticks in men’s memories when texts are forgotten. It trains men for heaven, where praise is one of the principal occupations. Preaching and praying shall one day cease for ever; but praise shall never die. The makers of good ballads are said to sway national opinion. The writers of good hymns, in like manner, are those who leave the deepest marks on the face of the Church.

    But really good hymns are exceedingly rare. There are only a few men in any age who can write them. You may name hundreds of first-rate preachers for one first-rate writer of hymns. Hundreds of so-called hymns fill up our collections of congregational psalmody, which are really not hymns at all. They are very sound, very scriptural, very proper, very correct, very tolerably rhymed; but they are not real, live, genuine hymns. There is no life about them. At best they are tame, pointless, weak, and milk-and-watery.

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  6. There are good and bad hymns that are old.

    There are good and bad (worship) songs and hymns that are new.

    The era in which something was composed isn’t always a reliable marker.

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  7. All good. He took the children away for a couple of hours as I had had them with me all day every day for quite some time. And one of them had a doc appt so took them all along. Two stayed out in the car so they would not pick up whatever was in the waiting room while one went in to get some more blood drawn. Wisdom for the people who check this stuff to find out if there are any challenges.

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