The front room of our house is the classic sitting room or parlor for a farmhouse. It has a wide front window that looks out on the large lilac bush. It is also where the boys and I go to pray in the morning before school and where I do my quiet time.
I have a deep love of old books. I especially love to find old hymnals. They’re kind of a church history, which songs were popular, which ones keep returning, that sort of thing.
This morning I found myself drawn to the hymnal The Voice of Thanksgiving vol. 4; published by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago in 1928. It is full of the classic hymns; Amazing Grace, A Mighty Fortress, and the like. But I have also found some sweet hymns that maybe not as well known.
How Firm a Foundation, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Crown Him with Many Crowns, may be familiar to some. But what about the hymn, My Anchor Holds, or His Eye is on the Sparrow ? Each of these hymns have words that draw me in, fill me up, and remind me that my faith in God is well placed.
“Why should I feel discouraged, Why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, And long for heaven and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me…I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”
I don’t know your situation today, but I know WHO knows all about it. Find a hymnal, even if you cannot carry a tune in a bucket or wheelbarrow, read the words, let them fill you up and encourage you.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus is a great hymn to start with if you aren’t sure where to begin. You can check out http://www.cyberhymnal.org which also gives background on the writer of the hymn.
Enjoy! “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free, His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”