One conviction I have in being a minister of God’s people is that theologically informed and artfully created songs are an extremely powerful tool for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness. At The Ride, I pay special attention to what songs are sung and what songs we don’t sing because I know that the students are bound to memorize and be influenced by what they sing on a weekly basis. To put it simply: songs are powerful, short sermons that are powerful in the lives of God’s people.
But not only for the students…
Parents, I would like to introduce you to a song called, “A Christian Home.” It is s sung prayer that God would, “give us homes built firm upon the Savior / Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide.” I hope this song serves you by challenging you in your role as pastors of your family and by giving you a goal to chase after.
As you read it and think about it I venture to guess guilt could easily come over you because you haven’t lived out the content expressed in this song. If this is true, please remember that, “When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within / Upward I look and see Him there who made an end to all my sin.” Where there are failings and sin in our lives, there is, in the cross of Jesus Christ, blood to that has covered them. Your sins are finished. Not only should that awe-inspiring truth alleviate you of guilt, but let it also serve to motivate you into growth. The work has been finished, so live in light of His perfection! Pastor your children knowing, not that you are worthy for the task, but knowing that Jesus has paid it all and in Him you have been made worthy!
A CHRISTIAN HOME | BY BARBARA HART
O give us homes built firm upon the Savior,
Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;
Where ev’ry child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho’ his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!
O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho’ days be dark and grim.
O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where prayer comes first in peace or in disaster,
And praise is natural speech to ev’ry tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that’s vaster,
And Christ sufficient is for old and young.
O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.
Your turn! What do you like about this song?