Let me give you an old song to get playing in your head today. Perhaps it will lift your spirits...
Written by Robert and Wendell Loveless, and inscribed to Pinebrook, PA Young People's Conference; copywrited by Percy Crawford in 1956 _
EVERY DAY WITH JESUS
Every day with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before.
Every day with Jesus, I love him more and more.
Jesus saves and keeps me, and He's the One I'm waiting for;
Every day with Jesus, Is sweeter than the day before.
I was 5 years old when this song first started to be sung. I don't know when I first heard it, but I know that it began to be something I sang as a child when I rode my bicycle. I had plenty of reasons as a kid not to think life could be sweet. But somehow, every day with Jesus...was sweeter than the day before.
The old songs had so much encouragement in them.
NO Never Alone... we sang "he promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone." Anonymous
HE Lives, He lives. Christ Jesus Lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way. ...You ask me how I know he lives...He lives with in my heart." (Rev. A H Ackley)
In WHAT A FRIEND we sang: "O what peace we often forgeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in Prayer." (Charles Converse)
OVERSHADOWED - "I'm overshadowed by His mighty love, Love eternal, changeless, pure...He lives to keep me day by day, Love that brightens all my way." (George Schules)
"Isn't He wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, Isn't Jesus my Lord wonderful....(S. Jones) "Saving me, Keeping me, now and through eternity, Isn't Jesus my Lord wonderful."
After All he's done for me, after all he's done for me, How can I do less than give him my best, and live for Him completely, After all he's done for me." (Daasvand and Loveless)
Day by Day and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here..." (Sandell and Ahnfelt)
Going to church when I was growing up, was about renewing our minds, and singing was one of the ways we did it. We often sang 5 - 8 songs almost back to back, with a quick beat so we could get to more verses. The melodies stayed with you all through the week. And the words replaced the sadness and downbeat rumblings in our heads with the uplifting truths of the Word.
I want to share just one more:
The whole first verse, leaving you with a question. How can you believe what this song says and not be encouraged?
I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW by Ira Stanphill:
I don't know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine, For its skies may turn to gray.
I don't worry o're the future, For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside him, For He knows what is ahead.
Many things about tomorrow, I don't seem to understand.
But I know who holds tomorrow, And I know who holds my hand.
When you get discouraged... an old hymnal is a great source of encouragement. Try it one day.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mine is stayed on thee. Isaiah 26: 3.
A song on your mind is the best way I know to help you keepy your mind "stayed" on the Lord.