Sometimes I Hear God's Music

"The LORD will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you but will rejoice over you with singing.”
--Zephaniah 3:17

Because we were unable to meet at all for those many months, I am now working through the backlog of people awaiting baptism. And, because of an abundance of caution, I am only baptizing one person each Sunday. So that's every week now. And I am loving it.



Most of these are children--children I once held as babies when their parents dedicated them to the LORD. Now they have made their own decision to be Christ-followers. It isn't inevitable that they will come to this point, of course, but it almost is. Growing up in Christian homes with committed parents and in a great church like ours, it is the next natural step in their spiritual journey.

Sunday was the same. And on the day when many churches world-wide remembered the Baptism of Jesus, a young girl took her stand and professed her faith. She did it in front of the congregation gathered in the room and before hundreds of others watching online.

Only later in the day did I have someone show me the beautiful contemporary hymn by John Ylvisaker. Unlike most hymns, it is written from the perspective of God speaking--or singing--to us. The lyric is so moving for me right now, I wanted to pass the song on to you--

"I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell."
 
"When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I'll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk 'till rising sun."


In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I'll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I've begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I'll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise."
 
"I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold."


Your pastor loves taking the journey with you and your children.

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