Saturday, September 17, 2016
THEY ARE STILL RELEVANT!
Dearly Beloved, THEY ARE STILL RELEVANT! “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 NKJV). One of the aspects of my Internet ministry is what I tag “Ministering through Daily Hymns” where through various social media I daily send the lyrics of a hymn that corresponds with the Bible verse and inspiring quote that I have sent earlier in the day. At times, as led by the Holy Spirit, I extract some parts of such lyrics and make them prayer wishes that I periodically send also through various social media and text messages. From experience, people rarely react to the lyrics of daily hymns, but mostly react to the prayer wishes extracted from the lyrics and testify how such prayer wishes are timely to their situations. I always wonder: Does it mean that the lyrics are not inspiring and timely? Are they no longer relevant? It is unfortunate that many present-day Christians and churches do not attach much importance to singing of hymns. They consider hymns outdated and no longer relevant in Christian worship. They prefer modern short songs and choruses. Churches and people that value and sing hymns are derogatively termed traditional or orthodox. No wonder, these modern-day Christians are missing the inspirations of the lyrics of these “old” hymns. However, Apostle Paul advised that we should not be unwise, but amongst other things speak “to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19 NKJV). He gave similar admonition in Colossians 3:16 quoted above. The reason of his admonitions is not far-fetched. People that were inspired out of their personal experiences and relationships with God composed these hymns. Space would not permit me to be mentioning one by one the old hymns that are still very relevant and inspiring till date. Take any hymnal or search online for these hymns and discover the beauty and inspirations in these hymns, even those that are not popular or commonly sung. As good as modern short songs and choruses may be, older hymns are still relevant and very inspiring till date. Do you love hymns? They are still relevant! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will create time to meditate on the old hymns and see their relevance to your life. NB Visit https://www.facebook.com/MinisteringThroughDailyHymns and LIKE the page to enjoy my daily hymns on Facebook and/or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MinisteringthroughDailyHymns/ and join the group to be receiving the daily hymns by email. If you desire to be receiving the daily hymns WhatsApp Messenger, contact me with your name on WhatsApp through +2348055159591. Thanks.