“Through, Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15
Lutherans are called “the singing church” probably because Martin Luther thought so highly of music. He called it “a fair and glorious gift of God” and said, “besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart.” He wished to see “all arts, principally music, (used) in the service of Him who gave and created them.”
Hymns and spiritual songs can be “the fruit of lips that confess his name.” When we meditate on the words, songs can teach us. When we sing them with God’s love in our heart, they become prayer. In the worship service, we praise God with our songs. Singing together builds community.
I thought it would appropriate this month (and maybe every month) to share a song that captures our theme.
- Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
- Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
- Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
- Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
- Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
- Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
What is your favorite hymn about sacrifice? What have you learned from it?
We want to hear your ideas!