Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"

We used to sing the hymn that has the title of this post.

The song used to seem strange to me, and yet I always liked how the bass singers would do the chorus. (You know if you're my age and are Baptist.) ("Leaning on Jesus, Leaning on Jesus")

Not too long ago Alan Jackson performed it....
(I don't think the bass singers sang the chorus like I'm used to... but still it's great, don't you think?)

Wow, Jackson has performed/recorded lots of old hymns.
I've always thought he was a very handsome country singer, now I think he is a wonderful country singer.

I used to not get into hymns much when I was young.
 Like "Serve the Lord with Gladness".  I can remember as a teen playing that song in church and thinking, 'yeah, right'.     (I just didn't 'GET' the Gospel, and happiness in the Lord, and all that.  I went to church because that's what we did.   But doing it gladly?  Well, yeah, sometimes, because my friends were there (which is a great place to meet your friends, by the way.)) 

Anyway, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" sounded strange to me.  But not anymore!
And this very day (Saturday, Sept. 27) in JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young, she refers to the scripture that talks about the 'everlasting arms': Deuteronomy 33:27.
And I am loving it.

Here's the first part of the verse...

The eternal God is your refuge,
    and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Deuteronomy 33:27

I don't know about you, but I need a refuge... and I need to lean on some everlasting arms.
And I don't need to just sometimes.

Oh, if you've never read JESUS CALLING and you want to, be sure and read about the author at the beginning. (The introduction will give it a lot of credibility.)
AND if you think the daily devotionals are kind of simple, and not deep,... well, keep at it. When I first started reading them, they seemed kind of like fluff.... with nice sayings and reminders.  Now I have my little book all marked up, with underlinings, double underlinings, and stars and stars circled, etc.

And I'm even blogging about it.

And I may play "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" in the tea room today.  Yeah!
(Oh, I'll play it softly, so people can digest their food.)


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