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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Hymn Every Believer Should Sing

I can't seem to get this hymn out of my head for the last week.
I think it is such a purposeful and godly prayer.

Make Me a Blessing
Words by Ira B. Wilson
Music by George S. Schuler


Out on the highways and byways of life,
Many are the weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

Chorus
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing;
Out of my life may Jesus shine.
Make me a blessing, O Saviour I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
Tell of His pow'r to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True every moment you live.

Chorus
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing;
Out of my life may Jesus shine.
Make me a blessing, O Saviour I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

Give as 'twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.

Chorus
Make me a blessing, make me a blessing;
Out of my life may Jesus shine.
Make me a blessing, O Saviour I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

Genesis 12:2 "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing."

37 Comments:

  • Good morning Rose,

    The words are lovely. I must confess that I had never heard of it until I read your post.

    I betcha the tune is catchy! A good hymn wed to a good tune make a lovely couple indeed.

    Regards,

    By Blogger Colin Maxwell, at 4/22/2009 9:40 AM  

  • Hi Colin,
    I am so glad to see your comment in my inbox.

    Here is the tune: Make Me a Blessing

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/22/2009 9:50 AM  

  • Beautiful words, Rose.

    It's also very gracious of you to apologize to someone who lays the guilt of another at your feet.

    You are a blessing to me today!

    steve

    By Blogger Steve Dehner, at 4/22/2009 1:04 PM  

  • Steve,
    Oh I am so glad! Tahnk you so much for stopping by.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/22/2009 1:11 PM  

  • I mean "thank" you.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/22/2009 1:11 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    It's me peeking out from under a rock.:~)

    You're a blessing.

    By Blogger goe, at 4/22/2009 1:47 PM  

  • Welcome back, Rose!

    Love it.

    Just to make the profound theology of the hymn more explicit, if we are truly spiritual "seed of Abraham," then through the New Covenant we share his commission from God in Gen 12:2c:

    "And be a blessing..."

    Most translations render the Heb. verb as "imperfect" but it can equally well be rendered as "imperative" in the Hebrew. This is followed in return by a list of promises from God, which would match the first imperative in 12:1 "Go...to a land I will show you," followed similarly by a list of promises.

    Kind of puts a new spin on whether "being a blessing" is optional, doesn't it?

    Rose, I hear your heart loudly and stand by you.

    Hi Gary!! Great to see you, although you look like you've been through a gang war!! Let us help change some of those bandages, man.

    By Blogger agent4him, at 4/22/2009 2:04 PM  

  • Gary,
    Thanks for peeking out! Where ya been? I am glad that you visited. God bless.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/22/2009 2:23 PM  

  • Jim,
    Thanks! We could get into a discussion about whether or not the Christian is a part of the New Covenant, or whether they are receiving blessings as a result of a relationship with the mediator of the New Covenant, or whether or not there are 2 New Covenants...
    you being a PD and me a CD, but let's not!

    We should follow in the steps of Abraham's faith no matter which.

    :~)

    God bless you too!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/22/2009 2:27 PM  

  • I was thinking: if I do something that I know is not a blessing to anyone, but could very well be the opposite to someone, then maybe that should tell me that I should not do that thing...

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/22/2009 2:28 PM  

  • Hello Rose,
    God made you a blessing to me today.
    This is a lovely hymn.
    Thank you.

    By Blogger Peggie, at 4/22/2009 2:45 PM  

  • Love the hymn Sis! ;-)

    By Blogger Kc, at 4/22/2009 3:41 PM  

  • Hi Jim,

    It's more battle fatigue and shell shock than anything. Just need some R & R.:~)

    Hi Rose.:~)

    By Blogger goe, at 4/22/2009 6:11 PM  

  • I hear ya, Bro...

    When we had our deployment training in the Air Force, those who briefed us on "battle fatigue" had a catch-phrase for the treatment of choice:

    "Three hots and a cot."

    (translation: three square meals and a good night's rest)

    By Blogger agent4him, at 4/22/2009 6:25 PM  

  • Hi Rose,
    A PD and a CD?

    Wha?

    By Blogger Steve Dehner, at 4/22/2009 6:42 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Like the hospital you're running here with Jim's help, we've already got the medical supplies on hand because of His grace, just need to get an IV-therapy nurse and a couple chiropractors to volunteer. A little rehydration and a little straightening out ought to do the trick.

    ;) :D Michele

    By Blogger Sanctification, at 4/22/2009 6:52 PM  

  • Rose,

    I sho' am glad you posted that great hymn. I remember the first time I heard it back in the early '80's. I was visiting a Seminary in the possibility of attending there, though I did not, but when that hymn was sung by ovder 1,000 voices in the Seminary chapel, I still remember the sense of awe & thankfulness i had. I was a relatively new believer at the time, & that hymn holds a special place in my heart ever since. Bro. Steve, If Rose doesn't mind, I'll answer the PD/CD thang! It is Progressive Dispensationalism & Classic Dispensationalism. I also fall on the CD side, but have such respect & appreciation for bro. Jim, that I will say nothing against it here. Of course I have the same R & A for the Rosemeister!

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 4/22/2009 7:20 PM  

  • Ah ha. Thank you, David.
    I have not had the pleasure of interacting those of the PD camp, but I'm sure Jim is an excellent representative that point of view.

    steve

    By Blogger Steve Dehner, at 4/22/2009 8:56 PM  

  • Awwww, you guys...

    *blush*

    By Blogger agent4him, at 4/22/2009 9:04 PM  

  • Michele,

    I'm overdue for a physical anyway...set me up. I've got good insurance.

    By Blogger goe, at 4/22/2009 9:51 PM  

  • Rose,

    You are a good Christian sister and a blessing, indeed . . . keep up the edifying posts!

    Hey, Jim's not the only PD around here; in fact I think I am probably the first true "PD" Rose's Reasonings was "graced" with . . . isn't that so, Rose? ;-) hehe

    By Anonymous bobby grow, at 4/23/2009 3:29 AM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Thanks for posting the words to that hymn. It takes me down "Memory Lane," and I like that.

    Diane
    :-)

    By Blogger Diane, at 4/23/2009 12:54 PM  

  • Hi Peggie,
    I am glad! Thanks.

    KC,
    I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering if you still blog. I am glad you popped in. :~)

    Michele,
    Thanks for checking in at the hospital. :~) I think we need some radical surgery too. :)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/24/2009 8:51 AM  

  • David Wyatt,
    We love you brother. Thanks for answering that qu.

    Hey Bobby,
    Good to see ya. It's funny that you mentioned that - it got me to thinking back. I think Jonathan Moorhead was actually the first PD that I was aware of on the blogs. When I forst began blogging, I didn't really get the whole thing very well and was not aware of the differnces. I didn't even know that the guy who was our pastor at the time was actually a PD and how that was diff from my own views.

    BTW, we are getting a new pastor - he is coming this weekend and starts the job on May 3.

    heehee - during his candidacy, I turned in a qu during our Q&A time about whether he was PD or CD and did not get a clear answer - so it will be fun trying to figure that one out as I enjoy his messages!

    It has been almost 2 years. His name is Duke Crawford - from Iowa.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/24/2009 8:56 AM  

  • Hi Diane!!
    I am glad that you enjoyed "memory lane" :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/24/2009 8:57 AM  

  • Yes, but Rose, I wasn't talking about who you were first "aware of in the sphere" who was PD; but who was the first PD to comment at your site --- I would continue to assert that it was me ;-) hehe (actually I could care less).

    As far as your new pastor, one could only hope he is of the "truth" ;-); it sounds like the LORD has been surrounding you with PD's for a reason, Rose :-) . . . don't you sense the conviction yet?

    By Anonymous bobby grow, at 4/24/2009 2:08 PM  

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    By Blogger Sanctification, at 4/25/2009 1:47 AM  

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    By Blogger goe, at 4/25/2009 8:00 AM  

  • Gary,
    I was in bed at 12:35 am last night so here I am, having just awakened - I feel refreshed and renewed. It is a beautiful day in Ohio! 68 degrees at 8am. You can't get better than that.

    Leave WHAT there?

    :~)

    Make me a blessing, make me a blessing, out of my life...

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/25/2009 8:09 AM  

  • Hi Bobby,
    I think it may have been you. :~) Now that I think back - I remember the "mixed BAG" about 3 years ago. :~)
    I found you, Bobby, this way: I looked in my profile under my interests and clicked on dispensationalism and you and just a few others came up. That's how me met, Bobby :~)

    You've been a blessing.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/25/2009 8:14 AM  

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    By Blogger goe, at 4/25/2009 8:17 AM  

  • Great hymn; great prayer, Rose!

    By Blogger Joe, at 4/25/2009 8:20 AM  

  • Rose said, "That's how me met Bobby " Sounds like you may have a little Irish blood in you Rose! Bro. Colin can of course correct me, if I'm wrong!

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 4/25/2009 3:13 PM  

  • Me thinks, you got it right, David.

    Hi Rose!

    Regards,

    By Blogger Colin Maxwell, at 4/25/2009 3:54 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    This post is so encouraging. :)

    The song sings...
    Out on the highways and byways of life,
    Many are the weary and sad;
    Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
    Making the sorrowing glad.
    Makes me think of 2 Chronicles 20.

    Jehoshaphat says quite plainly and with vulnerability to all the people of Judah and Jerusalem that he needs the Lord's guidance and help, because he does not know what to do.

    The Lord gives him the wisdom to put the singers in front of their entire army, to go first as they meet the enemy on the battle field. The singers are in the most vulnerable position. They are to declare praises to God. But it is enough.

    v 21-22 "After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
    "Give thanks to the LORD,
    for his love endures forever."

    As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes...."

    :)

    vs 17: " You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

    So encouraging.

    Love,
    Michele

    By Blogger Sanctification, at 4/25/2009 5:00 PM  

  • Thanks Nurse Painter :F. This is good medicine.

    Thank you too Nurse Cole.

    :~}

    By Blogger goe, at 4/26/2009 1:14 AM  

  • When you ask the Lord to make you a blessing to others, there are certain things that you just don't see the calue in doing. It is really a great guuide to live by, isn't it?! It takes selfish attitudes and puts em on the shelf!

    Joe,
    Thanks for visiting. I knew you would like the song. :)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 4/28/2009 7:11 AM  

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