“Moses came with Joshua son of Nun and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people. When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you [in song] this day… They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” ~Deuteronomy 32.44-47 NIV
These are some of my life songs, the ones so dripping with piercing truth that time and again, they are my life, the spiritual blood pulsing through these mortal veins.
I will Praise Him, words and music by Margaret J. Harris 1898
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood, by William Cowper, written after his first major bout with depression
His Name is Wonderful, Audrey May Meier, in the 1950s (she also wrote “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” which I love and sang many times growing up)
When I Look into Your Holiness, lyrics by Wayne Perrin, 1980s
He’s All I Need, traditional
They are not just idle words or antiquated melodies for me. They are my life.
What are yours???