Yesterday in church we sang “Lord, I Need You” and “We Are Hungry.”* Hundreds of voices joined in worship and praise as a talented team of musicians led the gathered congregation in these songs. But I wonder? Did we really mean what we sang? I seem to do pretty well in general, day-to-day life management. How many times during the day do I stop to acknowledge my need for God’s direction, wisdom or joy? Do I even think of Him after that time in the morning where I read my Bible, a few pages in a current “God-centric” book or a devotional? Is my prayer “I need you” or “I’m expecting you to show up IF I need you”?
And hungry for more of God? “Rain down on me, Lord…come fill me up”?? If I remember correctly, a bunch of Christians in the first century upon whom the Spirit of God “rained,” saw miracles and began to stand out in the crowd as fanatics. Some of them preached and got jailed for their efforts. They had this strange concept of not only “devoting themselves to the preaching,” but they pooled their resources so no one would go hungry. And church attendance for them is described as “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.”
But the words that stand out to me in those descriptive verses in the second chapter of Acts are these: they had “sincere hearts.” Perhaps when they sang Hymn #27 from the Book of Psalms, The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?, the ones they feared carried spears and keys to the city jail. I suspect they sang sincerely.
Maybe I’ll get into the habit of only singing the words and phrases in church that I truly mean. Or maybe from a sincere heart I’ll say, “Lord, I want this to be true of me. Please show me how to make it happen.” And then be on the alert for His action.
*By Matt Maher and Brad Kilman respectively