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What God says

On Wednesday we attended a choir festival. My granddaughter is in her school choir which was one of six high school choirs taking part.

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One of the songs performed was “You Say” by Lauren Daigle. I felt a deep affinity with the words.

“I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough

Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up

Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low

Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know

Ooh-oh

You say I am loved when I cant feel a thing

You say I am strong when I think I am weak

And you say I am held when I am falling short

And when I don’t belong, oh, You say I am Yours”

Jesus says about the devil, “When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Unfortunately we believe many of these lies – especially when they concern ourselves. The father of lies will tell us we are failures, we can’t do anything right, nobody loves us, we’ve been so bad that God will never forgive us and other similar lies. He will make us doubt our identity in Christ. “If you are really a Christian, you wouldn’t…” He even tried it with Jesus. “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread. ” (Luke 4:3 NIV,) or “If you are the son of God, throw yourself down” (from the pinnacle of the temple). (Matthew 4:6.) Each time Jesus countered with Scripture.

That’s what I love about this song. It tells us what God says.

We are loved. ” I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV,) “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love.” (John 15 vs 9 ESV.)

We are strong in Christ. “I can do all things Through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

I know God is trying to teach me these truths at the moment. I was in Pick ‘n Pay, about to rush home after grabbing a quick lunch, when my phone rang. It was one of our elders so I thought I’d take the call. When we disconnected, I became aware of what song they were playing in the huge store – “You say” by Lauren Daigle! If I hadn’t had the phone call, I would have left the shop five minutes earlier and another song would be playing. Do you think God is trying to tell me something?

My Prayer

Lord Jesus, You give me strength. My identity is in You. Please give me discernment to recognise lies that I have believed and the wisdom to replace them with truths from Your Word. Amen.

2nd Mezzo

Our church is arranging a choir for Easter Sunday and asked for volunteers to sing on this special occasion. When I discovered our granddaughter and daughter had signed up, I signed up too, although it has been a very long time since I last sang in a choir. At least I would have transport to the rehearsals.

Even choir arranging benefits from technology. We were asked to record ourselves singing an octave of do-re-mi on our cell phones and send it via WhatsApp to our director. She determined what voice we would sing. We have 1st sopranos, 2nd sopranos, 1st mezzos, 2nd mezzos, tenors and a baritone. I am a 2nd mezzo. We were sent recordings of the different parts for five songs. I feel quite overwhelmed. We are asked to memorise our parts by our first rehearsal.

How things have changed! No more sheets of music with the words and notes above them. Not that I could ever read music, mind you, but I could at least see whether the notes were long or short and whether they went up or down and I managed quite well.

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One thing hasn’t changed, however. The parts for lower female voices are at times very boring, sometimes all on one note! However, when put together with the whole choir, magic happens.

That is something like the Body of Christ. We are all different. We all have different roles. Some of our roles might seem boring on their own, but when put together with the rest of God’s family, magic happens.

Choir members have to listen to each other, keep pace with each other. Nothing sounds worse than a choir that has lost its timing and everybody sings at their own pace. We also need to consider one another. If the mezzos out-sing the sopranos to show what good voices they have, the result is unbalanced and displeasing. It is time to put away personal ambitions and work together for the good of all.

The Body Song from Kid’s Praise 3 expresses this perfectly. It is based on 1 Corinthians 12:27. “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5)

My Prayer

Lord Jesus, in the choir, may I learn my part diligently, perform it to Your glory, listening carefully to the other parts. In my life may I know the part You have assigned to me, may I perform it to Your glory and co-operate gracefully with the other members of Your Body. Amen.