Friday Morning Prayer:)… February 07, 2019

February 8, 2019 - 9 minutes read

Some glad morning when this life is o’er, 
I’ll fly away; 
To a home on God’s celestial shore, 
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).  

I’ll fly away, Oh Glory 
I’ll fly away; (in the morning) 
When I die, Hallelujah, by and by, 
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away).

When the shadows of this life have gone, 
I’ll fly away; 
Like a bird from prison bars has flown, 
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)[1]

 You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.[2]

________  

Why do I love so many of the gospel hymns?  The harmony, melody, chorus, rhythm, and most of all the gospel message that moves the heart.  For me, and maybe you too, the old hymns and even contemporary ones take me to the place I need to go when I listen, pray and sing before the throne of grace.  Over and over again the psalmist encourages us to sing praise to the LORD.  The gospel hymns help us to sing with the psalmist, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.”[3]

“Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.”[4]  The stories behind many of the hymns magnify the sovereignty of God as he orchestrates songs of healing through pain and suffering; the lyrics of hymns move our hearts to tears, even tears of joy! The gospel message through the hymns calls us to surrender at the old rugged cross, to daily trust and obey our gracious God through Jesus, for there is no other way.  What can wash away my sin and make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus![5]

 I need to be reminded of the old old story!  How a Savior came from glory and gave his life on Calvary to save a wretch like me.  I heard about his groaning and his precious blood atoning.  I repented of my sins and won the victory.  O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever![6]  O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee: How great Thou art! How great thou art![7]

Our brother Tom preached Sunday; his sermon titled “God put me here” reminded me of the sovereignty of our God.  We are not necessarily going to understand what is happening in the midst of the storm, yet “God put me here.”  Pain in our lives brings God’s glory to the surface in our lives; the resulting good is according to God’s sovereignty.  God allows as he determines, we gain insight by surrendering to the work of God in and through us. Admittedly, many times we are not seeing it or feeling it; life hurts and we do not understand, experiencing only the pain with black and blue.  Beloved, trust “God put me here.”[8]  “Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”[9]

“Nothing good have I done to deserve God’s own Son; I am not worthy of the scars in his hands, yet he chose the road to Calvary to die in my stead.  Why he loved me, I can’t understand.”[10]  Our journey through this life continues, especially as our Lord tarries, we persevere in his strength.  I read recently, “many more threats await us and will assault our faith.  We know our hearts are helpless apart from the tuning and sealing of God’s grace.  We are prone to wander.”[11]

Through the highs and lows of this life, we are compelled by the Spirit to go down to the river and pray. “As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good ol’ way, and who shall wear the starry crown?  Good Lord show me the way!”[12]  This hymn calls sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, sinners, all who God is calling to come down to the river and pray.  Good Lord show us, and move our hearts to this most excellent way. 

 Just a few more weary days and then, 
I’ll fly away; 
To a land where joy shall never end, 
I’ll fly away (I’ll fly away)_________ 

Sisters are meeting to pray.  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900.
You are invited to join Spirit filled and overflowing gals for a time of prayer.  Our sisters in Christ represent various local churches and genuinely love others with the supernatural love of Jesus.  Go check it out. 

Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible, 2710 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, 0730
Brothers in Christ are welcome to join for intentional prayer.  We shoot the breeze for 15 min or so… brotherly love and fellowship manifest as the Spirit leads our time together.  We then intentionally seek our gracious God with devoted pursuit, desiring to sense the God of all comfort and the supernatural baptism of the Holy Spirit so we can pray effectively!  Come join us and help many through prayer. 


[1]http://www.popularhymns.com/ill_fly_away.php
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo

[2] Psalm 139.5-6

[3] Psalm 134.4

[4] Psalm 135.3 

[5]https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/nt/1008
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXAqoZuYvyAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRzMblED_5U

[6]Victory In Jesus – Lyrics, Hymn Meaning and Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7suqfd-w8Yc

[7]http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/o/w/g/how_great_Thou_art.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXQpDDcrN-w

[8] Pastor Thomas Bolz, Emmanuel Christian Church, Ironside Park, Harbison Canyon. 10 am.[9]https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/2842647/Alison+Krauss/I+Know+Who+Holds+Tomorrow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GKNbmYOAow

[10]https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/6871243/Connie+Smith/Remind+Me+Dear+Lord
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdT5BK-eqVY

[11]https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/here-i-raise-my-ebenezer?utm_campaign=Daily+Email&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=69628669&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8F3mOeyneuH1UtT6GruApy1SjbD69PlaoCdDFZvCFnNf1zaMweJ4HlqrEi-Fe5xDi0vRYxvwvirodLCMLXVqoQAKs9k9EPAVAkZZCo8FiH8i4A7WI&_hsmi=69628669

[12]https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/alisonkrauss/downtotherivertopray.html

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