I’m a praise song girl. The entrance into worship is easy and I love where it takes me. It feels really good to sing “I am Yours Lord” and “I give it all to You”. And I really mean it… at least at the moment. Ten minutes later I may be deciding which church door will get me out more quickly or what lunch food I’m hungering for. The change from praise to the practical happens as easily as a light switch. Maybe it’s just my problem but I find it so easy to slip in and out of worship.
Ironically, I grew up with hymns. The traditional church of which I was a member was one where ladies wore fancy hats, men were decked out in suits and the pews were lined with velvet. I didn't meet Jesus there, at least not as I now know Him. Yet I experienced a reverence and an awe for worship in that sanctuary. Admittedly, the hymns contained words that were stilted and seemed fashioned after another time. But something else was different that I think was a good thing.
The hymns didn't focus upon what I felt, but Who God was and what He had accomplished.
There seems to have been a subtle shift from praising God for Who He is to praising God for what He does for us and how good He makes us feel. And I fall into this trap so easily. Yes, God has done great things for me but I must be careful to not place myself as the center as if it all revolves around me. Our God is an awesome God, with or without me in the equation.
This Advent season I am planning to tackle the hymn. Instead of an Advent calendar, I discovered a dust covered hymnal in my collection. As I prepare my heart for the Christmas season, I want to focus anew upon the Godhead through hymns written by men and women over the ages. Though some of the terminology may be unfamiliar they are sure to encompass some real gold. I'm going to study them, sing them and enter into praise of the One who never changes or goes out of fashion..
So if you happen to wander through my neighborhood over the holidays and hear the strains of an old fashioned hymn sing instead of a Christmas carol, you've got the inside scoop..