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 so many American liberals–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 old 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 sixty 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. The best. 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.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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Let The Whole Earth Ring!

Let the whole earth ring
With a shout of great joy
To the Lord, the King of Kings!
We serve Him gladly and obey His commandments,
And we sing glad songs
When we enter His presence.

We come into His gates with thanksgiving
And enter His courts with praise;
We thank Him for who He is
And praise His holy name.

Let the whole earth ring
With a shout of great joy
To the Lord, the King of Kings!
We serve Him gladly and obey His commandments,
And we sing glad songs
When we enter His presence.

We know He’s our Creator;
We didn’t make ourselves.
We’re sheep, and He’s our Shepherd.
We’re servants; He’s our Lord.

Let the whole earth ring
With a shout of great joy
To the Lord, the King of Kings!
We serve Him gladly and obey His commandments,
And we sing glad songs
When we enter His presence.

The Lord has been so good to us;
His love has never failed.
We know His promises will keep coming true
In all the years to come.

Let the whole earth ring
With a shout of great joy
To the Lord, the King of Kings!
We serve Him gladly and obey His commandments,
And we sing glad songs
When we enter His presence.

About This song:
On a long ago Thanksgiving Day, November 20, 1980, I sat down on the floor of my living room and surrounded myself with different translations of the Bible. All of them were open to Psalm 100.

These are several of the ones I used:

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.
New International Version (NIV)

1 Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2 Worship the Lord with joy;
    come before him with happy songs!
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
    He made us, and we belong to him;
    we are his people, we are his flock.
4 Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving;
    go into its courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise him.
5 The Lord is good;
    his love is eternal
    and his faithfulness lasts forever.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Why was I so interested in Psalm 100 that day? Because it best expressed what Thanksgiving means to me, and I felt inspired to turn those words into a new song, while remaining as true to the meaning of the Scripture as possible. Click here for a PDF lead-sheet.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you won’t be surprised that I took a few liberties with the words. Did you notice the one major change I made? I switched what should have been the first and second stanzas. I don’t remember why.

I never let Thanksgiving pass without singing this song many times. And now that I’m involved in an almost-weekly nursing home ministry, the folks at the Ashland Nursing and Rehab Center can count on hearing me do it for them each year. Unfortunately COVID_19 has prevented that from happening this year.

No matter where or when this Psalm is sung–or how the words are arranged–may the joy it expresses reflect your feelings of thanksgiving for the countless blessings God provides day in and day out.

What are you thankful for today? Please share a comment.

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Roger

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That God’s Love Might Show

Live purest lives, God’s innocent children,
In this world of darkness and sin.
You must shine like stars in the night sky
As you share God’s message of life.

God is your father, Christ your brother.
How you live reflects on their name.
Show great care in using your freedom
That you don’t lead the weak to fall.

Feed those who are hungry, clothe the naked,
Visit those who are in jail.
Love each other and love those who hate you
That God’s love may show through you.

You must shine like stars in the night sky
That God’s love may show through you,
That God’s love may show through you.

About This Song:

The first thing my wife noticed about this song is that the words of the title don’t appear anywhere in the lyrics. That oversight occurred so many years ago I won’t make any effort to justify it now. I’ll just laugh at myself once again.

I have fond memories of singing this song the first time at an old age home in Australia. Can you imagine addressing a group of old folks as “God’s innocent children”? But when it comes to our relationship with God, we’re all children–regardless of our age.

I believe this song probably comes closer to capturing the essence of the Christian life than any of my other songs.

It has a good biblical basis. The main idea comes from Phil. 2:15-16a:

15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
(NIV)

But related Scriptures include:

Matt. 5:44. . .
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
(NIV)

1 Cor. 8:9-13. . .
9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
(NIV)

Matt. 25:35-40. . .
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
(NIV)

John 1:12-13. . .
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
(NIV)

Rom. 9:8. . .
8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
(NIV)

Rom. 14:13. . .
13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
(NIV)

John 3:1-3. . .
1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
(NIV)

This planet we live on is populated with billions of people who don’t even know Jesus’s name, much less the hope He provides not only for eternity but for a more meaningful life here on earth.

I can’t conceive of billions. I can’t even conceive of millions. But even if I could, that wouldn’t change the fact that my sphere of influence is pretty small.

That doesn’t free me from the responsibility to live in the light and to be light to others, though. I know the Good News. I have the Good News. But how can I show myself a child of God if I’m unwilling to share it with others?

“Faith without works is dead.”

What about you? Does your faith compel you to shine like a star in the night sky of sin and darkness so others can see you’re different?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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Dark Is the Night

I lie down and close my eyes;
I dream, though I do not sleep.
Tomorrow’s ills seem too real today,
Tomorrow’s paths too steep.

Dark is the night and steep is the path,
When I close my eyes to the Way of God’s Son.
But bright is the night when I open my eyes
And follow in faith as God’s Son leads me
Till my journey’s done.

Then I open my eyes in faith
To One Who has been here before.
He knows where I come from;
He knows where I’m going.
I’ll let Him lead,
I’ll let Him open each door.

Dark is the night and steep is the path,
When I close my eyes to the Way of God’s Son.
But bright is the night when I open my eyes
And follow in faith as God’s Son leads me
Till my journey’s done.

About This Song:

I don’t recall the circumstances under which I wrote this song, but I can easily imagine them. I admit that–even as a Christian–I sometimes permit myself to worry when turning my concerns over to God and letting Him lead me safely through the valley would be so much better.

Jesus encountered the worst of every problem I could possibly face in my earthly life and far more. That qualifies Him as the Ultimate Guide.

All I have to do is quit being so self-dependent–and worrying because I know I’m not really in control of my life, no matter how much I’d like to think I am–and let God take the wheel.

Are you a worrier, too? Have you experienced the freedom of stress-free living that comes only from giving God complete control of your life? If not, you’ve missed something of major importance. It’s not too late, though. . .

As I grow older,  my faith in God’s ability to lead me grows stronger, because I can look back to the ever-increasing number of problems God has led me through. He may not have always provided the answer I wanted or expected, but He’s never let me down.

What about you? Are your “nights” fearfully dark or are you following the “Light of the World”? How about leaving a comment?

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Roger

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Sing Now of Your Salvation

Give thanks to the Lord,
For He is good;
His love never fails.
Keep singing these
Words of praise to Him,
If you know He’s saved you.

If you’ve ever been so lost
You couldn’t find the way
And wandered far and wide,
But you asked God for help
And He put you on the path,
Sing now of your salvation.

If you’ve ever been at sea
When storm winds struck your ship
And you were sure you’d sink,
But you called out to God
And He brought you safely home,
Sing now of your salvation.

If you’ve ever been bound up,
Entangled in your sins,
Or weighted down by guilt,
But you cried out to the Lord
And He set you fully free,
Sing now of your salvation.

About This Song:

Today’s song is based on various parts of Psalm 107. Although I’m only including the first three verses and the last one here, I would highly recommend looking up the whole chapter.

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
    those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
    from east and west, from north and south. . .
43 Let the one who is wise heed these things
    and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.
(NIV)

I saw the greatest quote a few years ago, although I couldn’t tell you where it originated. “Asking a Christian not to talk about Jesus is like asking grandparents not to talk about their grandkids.”

I get mildly jealous when I hear the testimony of someone who’d once needed rescuing in the worst kind of way from something unimaginably horrible and made a complete change of lifestyles on becoming a Christian.

That doesn’t describe me. I grew up in a fine Christian home, and I was a placid and obedient child. No drastic changes needed when I made my profession of faith in Christ.

But my story only begins with salvation. I’ve encountered  significant storms since then–an incurable illness that could have left me a vegetable; the loss of a three-day-old baby; divorce; downsizing from a job I’d been at almost nineteen years.

And those things weren’t the only ones I’ve needed to be rescued from. I did some things later in life that I wasn’t very proud of and learned things about myself I didn’t like.

God has helped me deal with all of those things. He’s rescued me from each one.

No wonder I wrote a song based on Psalm 107. I know how good God has been to me, and–although I can never repay Him for any of His blessings–I can “keep singing these words of praise to Him.”

What about you? Has God rescued you from something you’d be willing to share? How about leaving a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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The Widow & the Judge

A widow came before the judge
To ask for his assistance.
That lazy rascal turned away,
Unmoved by her insistence.

refrain
You are God’s children;

He wants what’s best for you.
All you have to do is ask.
Pray without ceasing;
Seek, and you will find.
Knock, and the door will open wide.

That lady kept on coming back;
It broke down his resistance
Till he complied with her request,
Worn out by her persistence.
(refrain)

The Lord’s not like that worthless judge;
He longs to give assistance.
And He will never turn away;
He’s moved by your insistence.
(refrain)

Although you keep on coming back,
You do not meet resistance.
God never tires of listening
To your prayers of persistence.
(refrain)

About This Song:

I used to really marvel at Jesus’s parable about the widow and the wicked judge in Luke 18:1-5:

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
(NIV)

But then Jerry Rankin, at that time the President of the International Mission Board, gave a meditation about this parable, and I saw it in a new light. The point is that God is the very opposite of the wicked judge.

Whereas the judge had no relationship with the poor widow who needed his help and finally agreed to help her because she had worn him down, God has a personal relationship with each of His children. Like any earthly father, He wants His children to have the best He has to offer.

The refrain comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:17:

Pray without ceasing.
(NIV)

and Matthew 7:7:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
(NIV)

Unlike the wicked judge, God respects our persistence. We don’t have to beg Him for His help, but we do need to ask in the right spirit–“Not my will, but Yours.”

Your comments are always welcome.

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Psalm 40 (Part Four)

At the assembling of Your people together, Lord,
I will sing glad songs of salvation.
Good news like that cannot be kept a secret;
I’ll not be silent till everyone knows that
You are the giver of eternal life.
You are all faithfulness,
You are all loyalty,
You are all love.

At the assembling of Your people together, Lord,
I will sing glad songs of salvation.
Good news like that cannot be kept a secret;
I’ll not be silent till everyone knows
You are the Lord of everlasting life;
Your faithfulness keeps me safe,
Your loyalty keeps me sure,
Your love makes me strong.

About this Song:

Today we look at the last of my songs from the first eleven verses of Psalm 40. I was working from the Good News translation:

9  In the assembly of all your people, Lord,
      I told the good news that you save us.
      You know that I will never stop telling it.
10 I have not kept the news of salvation to myself;
      I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help.
   In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent
      about your loyalty and constant love.
11 Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me.
      Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.

One thing you’ve probably noticed is that although I tried to capture the truth of the Scripture, I elaborated on the Psalm much more in this song than in the other three.

Something else you may have noticed was the treatment of verse 11, which is different from what you might have expected. Instead of putting that verse into its own set of lines, I worked faithfulness, love, and loyalty into each of the two stanzas.

I didn’t specifically say anything about mercy, although I think it’s implied.

By the way, you’ll find lead sheets for all four of the Psalm 40 songs. Check the Lead Sheets tab if you’re interested.

Your comments are welcome.     

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Roger

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Psalm 40 (Part Three)

What can I offer You, Lord,
That You don’t already have?
What can I bring to You, Lord,
That’s not already Yours?

What would please You more
Than for me to read Your Word
And to listen for Your voice
And to answer, “Lord, I’m Yours”?

Your Word is all I need, Lord,
To teach me how to live.
Help me to understand what it means,
So I can obey.

What would please You more
Than for me to read Your Word
And to listen for Your voice
And to answer, “Lord, I’m Yours”?

What can I give to You, Lord?
Here I am; I’m Yours.

About this Song:

Part Three of my songs from Psalm 40 is based on verses 6-8, probably from the Good News Version of the Bible, which I used most often during that period of time:

6 You do not want sacrifices and offerings;
      you do not ask for animals burned whole on the altar
      or for sacrifices to take away sins.
   Instead, you have given me ears to hear you,
    7 and so I answered,
         Here I am;
      your instructions for me are in the book of the Law.
 8 How I love to do your will, my God!
      I keep your teaching in my heart.

Verse 6 reminds me of another Scripture, Hosea 6:6.

I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my people know me than burn offerings to me.

Verse 7 reminds me of Isaiah’s response to God’s call in Isaiah 6:8.

8 Then I heard the Lord say,
         Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?
 I answered,
         I will go! Send me!

Next Wednesday will bring this series of songs from Psalm 40 to a close.

Comments are always welcome.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Roger

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Psalm Forty (Part Two)

Happy are those who trust in You, Lord,
Not in the false gods of this world;
So many gifts You’ve given,
I can’t name them all.
Lord, there’s no one else like You.
Lord, there’s no one else like You.

About this Song:

Part Two of the songs from Psalm 40 is short and to the point. It’s based on verses 4 and 5:

 

4 Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
5 Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

I’m the first one to admit that the Scripture expresses the idea much better than my song. I didn’t make any effort to deal with the reference to “the proud.” Neither do I refer to the things God has planned for us.

But it does focus on three of the basic ideas from those two verses:

    1. Unlike those who trust in false gods, those who trust in God are happy
    2. God’s gifts are too numerous to be counted or named
    3. God is incomparable; no one is like Him

“Psalm Forty (Part Three)” is coming next week.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Psalm 40 (Part One)

Lord,  I was sinking deep;
There was no hope for me
Until You heard my prayer for help
And picked me up and rested me upon a rock.

Lord, You picked me up
And put me on a rock
Where I can sing
A song of praise
For all that You have done,
All You’ve done.

Lord, on this rock I stand
And sing a song of praise
To thank You for the way You guide me
And to thank You for the many gifts You give.

Lord, You picked me up
And put me on a rock
Where I can sing
A song of praise
For all that You have done,
All You’ve done.

Lord, may this song I sing
Be heard by everyone
Who needs to be told all about Your love
And goodness and to put their trust in You.

Lord, You picked me up
And put me on a rock
Where I can sing
A song of praise
For all that You have done,
All You’ve done.

About this Song:
Early in 1985, Dr. Don Runion, then the pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, preached a four-part series on a portion of the fortieth Psalm. I can’t recall whether “From the Mire to the Choir” was just the name of the first sermon or of the whole series, but it was a catchy title–one I didn’t need to write down to remember. Don did such a terrific job that I felt led to write a song based on each of the four sections he covered.

Just as Don preached only on the first eleven verses, I limited my song set to the same ones.

I was about to insert the appropriate lyrics beneath each of the verses listed below, but then realized I couldn’t. Although the song matches the whole content of the first three verse of Psalm 40, they don’t match stanza to verse.

Here are the verses I used for this song:

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

King David must have been in humongous trouble. “Mud and mire” makes me think of quicksand. Not something someone can necessarily get out of without help.

But he didn’t start this psalm of praise by complaining about the “slimy pit” and the “mud and the mire.” He began by acknowledging God’s response to his cries for help.

Isn’t God’s help more important than the problems He helps us with?

God didn’t simply set David on solid ground again. Solid ground might have been at the same level as the top of the pit.

Instead, he set him on a rock. And a rock would be elevated–especially if it was so large that David couldn’t have climbed up on it by himself. Apparently it formed a natural pulpit.

Not a pulpit for preaching, however, but for composing a new song and singing praise to the Lord for His miraculous intervention in the midst of David’s otherwise insoluble problem.

But wouldn’t you know David realized that his song had an evangelistic function? “Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”

Shouldn’t that be the desire of every Christian musician–to write songs that show what God has done in their lives, to stand on the rock where God has placed them, and to use those songs to “preach” God’s Good News to everyone who will listen?

We’ll look at “Psalm 40 (Part Two)” next Wednesday.

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

Best regards,
Roger

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