This past Sunday we did an old fashion hymn sing after a homecoming service. It was great fun, but it was also a reminder of how many strong theological statements some of these hymns make. My favorite of the day was “He’s the Lily of the Valley”. Listen to some old school God knowledge.
“He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrow borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower,
I’ve all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore, through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.
He’ll never, never leave me, nor yet forsake my me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face, Where rivers of delight shall ever roll.”
It has it all. Protection, power, deliverance, filling, promise of glory. I think these things are needed in church today. I am not saying change what you are doing in your personal worship or corporate worship, but I am saying don’t forget the offerings of those gone before us. You may find healing in the nostalgia.