Scripture Songs for this Hour - complimentary download
This set of scripture songs is our gift to those of you needing some encouragement at this hour, especially those battling a spirit of fear. All the songs except one are from our latest release Teach Me Your Paths, designed for young children, but nevertheless meaningful for any age. Psalm 91 is from All Nations Shall Worship.
It seems to me that this crisis can actually be a season of grace for God's children. Since we are not about the "stuff" of life, since things around us are in a state of confusion, since we see a growing threat, this is an opportune time to elevate the promises of God and our relationship to Him from theory into practice. We are tested so that we "would come forth as gold" (Job 23:10). And in the New Testament, 1 Peter 1:7: "These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."
Jesus has made it crystal clear that we will eventually have trouble. The comfort there is that we know that He knows, and He is prepared to come to us and carry us through:"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
So, in effect, God uses these times to show us what we are actually made of - and what we are made of is VERY solid and enduring. We have to be careful to not "live" on the news, meaning not let it impart a spirit of fear within us. We of course need the facts in order to take the appropriate action, but anything beyond the facts could infect us with anxiety.
These songs speak to how the Word of God actually positions us in times of trial.
Psalm 91 is abundantly clear that he who (persistently) "dwells in God" will be protected from fear, which is the more penetrating enemy at this juncture.
I must admit, I was caught in a terrible bout with fear not too many days ago. I am the type that can be shaken by the seemingly endless repetition of the sobering news. But then I turned to the words of these songs, and, surprisingly, the most "youthful" of the songs grabbed me: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you" (Isaiah 43:5a). I immediately felt that the Lord was speaking directly to me. Wow, what grace, what strength, what love from heaven to earth!
Although not a verse specifically about fear, I included “Serve One Another” because looking out for the need of someone else is a sure antidote to anxiety.
My friends in the faith, be encouraged. Take full advantage of this "kairos" time, an opportune time to do the appropriate thing - a time that has a purpose for you: to dig deep into the relationship with your Maker and to serve one another. If we purpose ourselves to do this, then there will be joy for us in the midst of the sadness and anxiety all around us: "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)
Love in Messiah Jesus,