In Psalm 146:1-6, quoted below is the verse, “…I will sing praises unto my God…” This quote reminded me of A. W. Tozer, (a Protestant Preacher,) who said, “Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them.”
I started thinking about the songs in which he might be referring. The first song I thought of was, “I Surrender All.” That very first verse states, “All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give.” This might be a song we sing with a heart that says, “All to Jesus I surrender some, All to Him, I freely give almost all.” Can we call this a lie when our heart should be “[singing] praises to my [our] God?”
If we desire to grow closer to God, (and we all need to,) we must begin with a “true heart.” In other words, a sincere heart, a heart that is honest, and a heart that seeks repentance. You and I will never be sin free, nor will we be free from our tongue and its lies. However, we as Christians must seek from the Lord the help that is needed to repent to be a stronger Christian, (we must strive to be a Christian with a full assurance of faith, a faith that understands the need to “surrender all” and to freely give.) Moreover, we must be desirous to walk away from our personal evilness.
How many other songs can we list? Read and listen to the words we are singing to God as we lift our voices up to Him. How many songs do not reflect our life when we are away from the Church?
Our Psalmist states, “O my soul” what can we do? First, knowing we have accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour, we must go back to our own heart, and seek what we are. Are we the Christian who can state without doubt, “I am sincere and truthful as I can be, yet, I know as the Lord knows, I am a sinner incapable of being totally truthful.”
Ask the Lord to help you, and beg Him to forgive your weakness. He will help you. Seek Him. Consider your praises, and set within your heart to praise Him worthily. “O my soul…I will sing praises unto my God…”
Bro. John R. E Chastain