It is important to note that a direct connection exists between being filled with the Holy Spirit and singing as recorded in Ephesians 5:18-19 (NLT): 

18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.

The music we play and the songs we sing in our churches, if connected with our Spirit, help in expressing true worship to God with deep reverence and to fix our hearts to the goodness and glory of the Lord. For instance, the hymn “How Great Thou Art,” tells us of God’s majesty being revealed in creation, His perfect sacrifice on the Cross, and His second coming for His elects. There is always a song and a Scripture to meet the need of any situation in life.

The music of this week, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms by Elisha A. Hoffman (Music by: Anthony J. Showalter), is a hymn of assurance and it is published in 516 hymnals. The writer of this hymn was inspired from the verse of the Scripture which reads: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV). As we sing this hymn, we should be rest assured of the refuge, joy and peace we get in times of fear and tribulation when we learn on the everlasting arms of the Most High God.

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

The music of this week, Jesus, Lover of my Soul by Charles Wesley (Music by: Joseph Parry), is a hymn that dwells on Christ’s sufficiency in times of temptation and it is published in 2,746 hymnals. This hymn assured us of having Christ as our only refuge and as the fountain of life. This hymn may be used before or after sermons; also in times of temptation.

1. Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide; O receive my soul at last.

2. Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed, all my help from thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing.

3. Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is thy name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; thou art full of truth and grace.

4. Plenteous grace with thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound, make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of thee;
Spring thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.

The music of this week, I Need Thee Every Hour by Annie S. Hawks (Music by: Robert Lowry), is a hymn that establishes our total dependence on God to meet our need for His peace, our need to overcome temptations, our need for living a meaningful life, our desire for the fulfilment of His promises, and our need for God’s abiding presence. This hymn is published in 845 hymnals.

1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine can peace afford.

Refrain: I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby;
temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. (Refrain)

3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide, or life is vain. (Refrain)

4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will;
and thy rich promises in me fulfill. (Refrain)

5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. (Refrain)

The music of this week, All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name by Edward Perronet (Music by: Oliver Holden), is a hymn of praise declaration and it is published in 2,919 hymnals. This hymn describes the glory of God and reminds us of the power in the name of Jesus as written in the book of Philippians 2:9-11: “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Truly, our God reigns in majesty and He is to be crowned the Lord of all. This hymn is suitable for use as a hymn of praise at the beginning of services such as Ascension Day services, processionals, or any celebration of Christ’s authority and victory.

1. All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown him Lord of all.

2. Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
And crown him Lord of all.

3. Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget
The wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at his feet,
And crown him Lord of all.

4. Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.

5. Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
Who from his altar call;
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod,
And crown him Lord of all.

6. O that with yonder sacred throng
We at his feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song,
And crown him Lord of all.

The music of this week, Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah by William Williams (Music by: John Hughes), is a hymn of pilgrimage and it is published in 1,609 hymnals. The fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of future brings about some discomfort in our lives. This hymn assures us of the fact that our Great Jehovah takes the lead as we embark on our journey of life. We need not to be afraid of what the future holds, rather, we should keep rejoicing as we go because our steps are ordered by our Great Jehovah. This hymn of pilgrimage can be sung at any time of the year as a prayer for divine guidance and providence.

1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield;
Be thou still my strength and shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee;
I will ever give to thee.


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