Sometimes I get so distracted while singing to make sure I am singing the right note (or at least close), the right part, or the right words, I forget the most important thing about us singing: what I am actually saying to my Father in heaven. We are encouraged to |”speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph 5:19) and “…teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col 3:16). I enjoy just looking at the songs that we sing and to see them not as pieces of music, but poetry. In fact, that is what we see in the entirety of the book of Psalms anyways. One of my favorite examples is the song Be with Me, Lord.
Be with me, Lord–I cannot live without Thee,
I dare not try to take one step alone.
I cannot bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need Thy strength to lean myself upon.
Be with me, Lord, and then if dangers threaten,
If storms of trial burst above my head,
If lashing seas leap everywhere about me,
They cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.
Be with me, Lord! No other gift or blessing
Thou couldst bestow could with this one compare—
A constant sense of Thy abiding presence,
Where e’er I am, to feel that Thou art near.
Be with me Lord, when loneliness o’er-takes me,
When I must weep amid the fires of pain,
And when shall come the hour of “my departure”
For “worlds unknown,” O Lord, be with me then.
I love this song because it begins reminding us that we are not strong enough to make it through the difficulties of life with God. I love this song even more because it ends reminding us we have a great mysterious journey ahead of us we will need the Lord’s help with. As each day continues, we get closer and closet to the “hour of our departure”. Living in that reality, we truly should sing “Be with Me, Lord”.