“Peace! Be Still”

Once Christ and his friends went out in a boat;
A bad storm arose and tossed them about.
Though Christ was close by,
His friends got so scared;
They woke him, he spoke,
And his words calmed the storm.

When Christ told the winds to be silent,
And he told the waves to be still,
The words he spoke calmed the fiercest storm,
And he calms storms even today.

Peace! Be still! Peace! Be still!
Whatever storms your life faces,
Won’t you let Christ help you calm them?
Peace! Be still!

As you live your life one day at a time,
Bad storms will arise and toss you about.
There’s no need to fear,
For Christ is close by;
When his time is right,
He’ll address every storm.

When Christ tells the winds to be silent,
And he tells the waves to be still,
The words he speaks calm the fiercest storms,
Yes, he calms storms even today.

Peace! Be still! Peace! Be still!
Whatever storms your life faces,
Won’t you let Christ help you calm them?
Peace! Be still!

About This Song:
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve learned how much I love to take Scripture and reword it in a way I can set to music. “Peace!  Be Still” is one of my favorites.

It’s taken from Matthew 8: 23-27. . .

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
(NIV)

I’ve also added something from Mark 4:39 about the same incident. . .

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
(NIV)

Another familiar translation says, “Peace! Be still!”

I think this is one of the most reassuring passages in the New Testament. Jesus was asleep in the boat at a time His disciples were panicking. Not because Jesus was unconcerned about his friends, but because He knew His Heavenly Father was in control and worry was unwarranted. So He spoke to the storm at the appropriate time and the storm dissipated.

What about you? Does your life have storms that sometimes threaten to wash you out of your boat and sink you to the bottom of the sea, figuratively speaking?

Mine sure does. More than once when I’ve needed reassurance, I’ve turned to this Scripture, often by singing this song to myself. The comfort that comes from knowing Jesus can calm our storms is beyond description.

Can you think of a time when Jesus has calmed a storm in your life? How about sharing a comment?

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord
With all of your heart.
Don’t rely on your own modest wisdom.
Seek to follow His will,
Wherever it leads,
For His path is straight,
And His way is sure.

About This Song:
When I started this blog to share my song lyrics, I never promised that everything would be poetic or complex. Whatever beauty these lyrics have is the beauty of the Scripture they’re based on.

While working at the International Mission Board, the first thing I did when I arrived each day was to pick up the A.M. Adviser, a daily information sheet. Each issue contained a verse or two of Scripture. One day in 1994 the Adviser quoted Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
(NIV)

Although I was already familiar with those verses, they spoke to me that day as never before, and I started to mull them over.

I normally had company on my lunchtime two-mile walk, but that day I walked by myself. Thoughts about those two verses bubbled up to form not only the lyrics but a very definite melody–one that struck me as a keeper.

Working out the melody for a new song normally takes days. Often weeks. But this one took less than an hour.

I had access to a guitar at work, so I jotted down the notes when I returned from walking. Remembering that tune for thirty or forty minutes was one thing, but I didn’t want to chance forgetting it before I got home.

Since then, I’ve added a descant that makes it a little nicer. If you’re musically inclined, please look at the free lead sheet for this song and see what you think.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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The Smile Song

Lord, I look in Your face and marvel at
How You’ve been smiling on me.
For You have made me and You have saved me
And You have set me free.

Lord, I see in Your smile such love that
I know I am never alone.
And, Lord, I see in Your smile such care that
I know You are all that I need.

Lord, I look in Your face and marvel at
How You’ve been smiling on me.
For You have made me and You have saved me
And You have set me free.

Lord, I see in Your smile such strength that
I know You help carry my load.
And, Lord, I see in Your smile such peace that
I know I have nothing to fear.

Lord, I look in Your face and marvel at
How You’ve been smiling on me.
For You have made me and You have saved me
And You have set me free.

Lord, I see in Your smile such grace that
I know You forgive all my sins.
And, Lord, I see in Your smile such hope that
I know I hhave new life in You.

Lord, I look in Your face and marvel at
How You’ve been smiling on me.
For You have made me and You have saved me
And You have set me free.

About This Song:
Christians often refer to God as their Heavenly Father, and that’s a legitimate biblical concept.

But how often do we think about what being God’s children involves?

Do we think about wanting to please God? (Not because we can ever pay Him back for everything He does for us, but to thank Him or–better still–just because we love Him.)  Do we think about how He wants to use us in His “family business”?

And do we think about the pleasure we bring to God? After all, He’s a master craftsman–THE Master Craftsman. He made the world, and He made each of us.

So shouldn’t we feel free–wouldn’t it be proper?–to imagine ourselves looking into the face of God and seeing Him smile back at us the way an earthly parent smiles at his children?

When we look at God that way–even in our imaginations–shouldn’t we be able to see many of the aspects of His love for us?  The kind of love and care “The Smile Song” attempts to describe.

I’d like to think so. And I would much rather picture His love smile of encouragement and approval than His disappointed look when we act like disobedient children.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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The Son/Sun Song

Does it brighten your day
When the sunshine appears?
Does it brighten your day
When the sunshine appears?
Does it brighten your day
When the sunshine appears,
And you see by its light
And you warm by its rays?

Does it brighten your way
When God’s Son shines on you?
Does it brighten your way
When God’s Son shines on you?
Does it brighten your way
When God’s Son shines on you,
And you see by His truth
And you warm by His love?

If you’re lost in life’s darkness,
Won’t you follow God’s Son?
If you’re lost in life’s darkness,
Won’t you follow God’s Son?
If you’re lost in life’s darkness,
Won’t you follow God’s Son?
Let Him lead you in truth;
Let Him warm you with love.

About This Song:
If you don’t know me well, you may not realize how much I love plays on words. That’s a side I rarely reveal in my songs.

But “The Sun/Son Song” is an obvious exception.

Although this song dates back to 1994, I only added the third stanza within the last few years. It seems more complete now.

Winter is coming, and for most of us that doesn’t just mean colder weather, but fewer sunny days. And even when the sun is shining, it doesn’t seem to bring much warmth. Not physical warmth. But don’t we all feel just a bit warmer inside when we look at the sky and see that familiar ball of fire?

For me as a Christian, walking with Jesus on a daily basis is very much like walking in the sunshine. I don’t mean every day is perfect. Far from it at times. But Jesus’s companionship is a constant reminder that God is still in control, no matter how dreary the day otherwise.

If you aren’t walking with Jesus, don’t you wish you had the assurance that you’re safe in God’s hands? Walking in the light is considerably nicer–and safer!–than walking in the darkness.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

 

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Come Walk with Me

“Come walk  with me,” said Jesus Christ.
I stepped up to His side.
We shared our thoughts and feelings
As we went along our way.
“Don’t be discouraged,” Jesus said,
“When the path veers out of sight,
For every step you take with me
Leads towards my Father’s feast.”

“Come fish with me,” Christ Jesus said.
I stepped into the boat.
We cast the nets on either side
And rowed across the lake.
“Don’t be discouraged,” Jesus said,
“That the fish seem few and small,
For every fish we catch today
Will be used for a feast.”

“Come fish for men,” said Jesus Christ.
I stepped outside my door.
We offered words and deeds of love
As we moved through the crowd.
“Don’t be discouraged,” Jesus said,
“That so few respond today.
Each person you lead to my door
Will share my Father’s feast.
Will share my Father’s feast.”

About This Song:
Jesus lived in a fishing community. No wonder many of his disciples were fishermen before He called them into His service. Or that He said He would teach them to become fishers of men.

The Bible tells several fascinating stories about Jesus’ experiences with fishing. Like the time–under Jesus’ direction–the disciples caught a fish with a coin in its mouth. Worth the exact amount they owed as the Temple tax.

And the time His disciples had been fishing all night without success. He told them to try again, but to cast their nets in the opposite direction. They made such a haul it threatened to break their nets.

Jesus calls us as Christians to be fishers of men. I don’t know about you, but I often question how good a fisherman I am.

I wrote this song to encourage myself and others that God may not intend for each of us to bring in the multitudes the way Billy Graham did for so many years. Yet each person we “catch” is important. Every individual counts.

That’s why the Bible says the angels in heaven rejoice each time an unsaved person is brought into God’s family.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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If You Really Love Me

If you really love me,
Then you’ll do the things that I ask of you;
Love one another so they’ll know it’s true–
I am the Lord of Love.

You know that I’m the Lord of Love;
Show them that I’m the Lord of Love.

If you really love me,
The world will know it from the things you do;
That’s how they’ll judge if your words are true,
That I am the Lord of Love.

You know that I’m the Lord of Love;
Show them that I’m the Lord of Love.

If you really love me,
The world can tell it at a single glance;
It’s seldom you’ll ever have a second chance
To show I’m the Lord of Love.

You know that I’m the Lord of Love;
Show them that I’m the Lord of Love.

About This Song:
Why does the world–including the government of the United States–hate Christians and Christianity?

Is it because we use God’s standards as set out in the Bible to label and oppose sin when and where we see it? Or do people mistakenly believe we hate the sinner as well as the sin?

That shouldn’t be the case. God loves everyone equally, and true Christians ought to be the kindest, most loving people around.

In the Christian musical Celebrate Life, writer/lyricist Ragan Courtney poignantly asks something like this regarding Jesus’ crucifixion, “Is love so ugly to look at that we have to kill it?”

God’s love goes so far beyond ordinary love that people’s inability to understand it makes sense. Even though I’ve been a Christian for more than fifty years, I still can’t comprehend it. Like God Himself, His love is too big to understand.

But I believe in God’s love, and I know it’s a good thing. Not something to hate or fear.

God wants me–He wants all Christians–to spread His love to as many people as we can. In the hopes that some will recognize that He is truly “the Lord of Love” and accept His love, forgiveness, and assurance of eternal life.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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Quench My Thirst, Lord

Quench my thirst, Lord;
Fill my life with things that always satisfy.
Take away my penchant for
Those things that always leave me dry.

Take my doubt, fill me with faith.
Take my dread, fill me with hope.
Take my fear, fill me with peace.
Quench my thirst, Lord.

Take my dark, fill me with light.
Take my cold, fill me with warmth.
Take my greed, fill me with care.
Quench my thirst, Lord.

Take my mask, fill me with truth.
Take my wrongs, fill me with right.
Take my self, fill me with You.
Quench my thirst, Lord.

About This Song:
Do you recall a time you were really thirsty? I mean “about to pass out thirsty.”

I experienced one of those times some years ago while having fun at Kings Dominion (an amusement park near Richmond). I was so out-of-it I barely knew what I was doing, and I wasn’t even up to asking anyone for help. Being there by myself didn’t help.

My next question is what you drank when you were that thirsty. Water, juice, a soft drink?

Not a soft drink, I hope. From what I’ve been told, caffeine dehydrates the body. It might quench your thirst temporarily, but it won’t restore lost water to your body.

Often–too often–we fill ourselves with things that appear harmless. Things we think won’t hurt us. We may even gorge ourselves on those things without realizing it.

But in the end, they not only don’t satisfy us, they harm us.

My prayer for you today is that if you’re filling up on any of the negative things listed in “Quench My Thirst” you’ll pray for God to quench whatever you’re really thirsting for with whatever He knows is best and wants you to have.

~*~

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Best regards,
Roger

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