My Thoughts. . .

Monday, November 25, 2019

There are songs with lyrics that grab the soul and refuse to release it.  There is a group that came to Jackson a year or so ago and appeared at the Civic Center.  We went early to find a good seat, but our “early” was “late.”  The line stretched from the front doors to about two blocks.  It wasn’t single file, but two or three people wide.  There wasn’t a bad seat in the house!  We enjoyed the group from Georgia who have named themselves since 1999 as “Casting Crowns.”  One of the most popular singles by the group, produced in 2011, was “Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

That the Lord of all the earth,

Would care to know my name,

Would care to feel my hurt.

Who Am I?

That the bright and morning star,

Would choose to light the way,

For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am.

But because of what you’ve done.

Not because of what I’ve done.

But because of who you are!

Chorus

I am a flower quickly fading,

Here today and gone tomorrow,

A wave tossed in the ocean,

A vapor in the wind.

Still you hear me when I’m calling,

Lord, you catch me when I’m falling,

And you told me Who I Am.

I am yours.  I am yours.

Who Am I?

That the eyes that see my sin,

Would look on me with love,

And watch me rise again.

Who Am I?

That the voice that calms the sea,

Would call out through the rain,

And calm the storm in me.

Not because of Who I Am.

But because of what you’ve done,

Not because of what I’ve done.

But because of who you are.

Chorus

I am a flower quickly fading,

Here today and gone tomorrow.

A wave tossed in the ocean,

A vapor in the wind.

Still you hear me when I’m calling.

Lord you catch me when I’m falling.

And you told me Who I Am.

I Am Yours.

Not because of who I am.

But because of what you’ve done.

Not because of what I’ve done.

But because of who you are.

Whom shall I fear?

Whom shall I fear?

Cuz I am yours.

Cuz I am yours.

There may be some believers who do not realize it, but there are 150 psalms (songs) in the Old Testament that spoke to the hearts of Hebrew saints.  In fact, a Jew by the name of Saul or Paul of Tarsus wrote to the saved in Ephesus and stated,

“Speaking to one another in PSALMS and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).  He also told the Colossian assembly, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in PSALMS and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

The psalms have found their verses in a number of our songs and hymns today.  There are some phrases in the New Testament that are said to be “hymns” and “spiritual songs” of the first century.  However, inspired passages fail to specifically identify them as such.  Churches of Christ have always had song books which contain numerous songs by those who were not affiliated with us, such as Bill and Gloria Gaither, Martin Luther, John and Charles Wesley, John Newton, Fannie Crosby, and many others.  All of the songs we sing by those writers were “new” at one time.  They were sung by our members for the first time at some period during their day.

If songs by Luther, Wesley, Newton, Crosby, or Gaither may be learned and sung by believers today, then those written by Mark Hall of the group Casting Crowns may also be learned and sung today.  Something new is not always bad!