She Reads Truth| Hymns

Abide with Me

John 15: 1-8 & 1 John 3: 18-24

I’m not going to lie, this hymn doesn’t really ‘do it for me.’ Like when I hear it I don’t turn the volume up and put my hands out and start SINGING. I don’t get emotional. I don’t get excited when I see it’s in the church lineup for Sunday.
BUT I remember something a discipler told me in college- when you don’t care to sing a song because you don’t get it, you can still worship the Lord through that song. You can listen to the lyrics while everyone else is singing to see what it is saying about our God. Pray over the words that they may be true in your life. And also research if the song is Biblical and where in the the Bible it comes from.
So that’s what I did the other day when I saw the hymn for the day on She Reads Truth. After reading the Scripture, I googled what abide even means (like we know what it means, but what are some synonyms we can replace it with?).
  1. accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).
    “I said I would abide by their decision”
    synonyms: comply with, obeyobservefollow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, upholdheedaccept, go along with, acknowledgerespect, defer to

    “he expected everybody to abide by the rules”
  2. (of a feeling or a memory) continue without fading or being lost.
    synonyms: continueremainsurvivelastpersiststay, live on

    “the memory of our parting will abide”

Then I looked over the lyrics. Wow they’re beautiful! As I prayed over them, I asked God to make them true in my life- that I would remain in Him when ‘darkness deepens,’ and ‘comfort flees.’ I prayed to keep to Him and obey through the ‘ebbs out life’s little day.” That I would be reminded that He does not change! I want to constantly remember and ask that He stay with me always because I need Him always. Thank you Spirit for living in me!

Abide with Me
Text: Henry Francis Lyte, 1847
Tune: William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see.
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like Thyself my guide and strength can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless,
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes.
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

So it’s still not my favorite song, but it reminds me that we can still worship Christ even when the music isn’t our favorite. We don’t just need to put our hands out/up (figuratively or literally) when we are feeling it. Maybe when we aren’t feeling it is when we really need to put the hands out surrendering. Praying that the words we are singing/ listening to become more true in our lives (even when the church music leaders decide to change a classic song up a bit and mess with the beat… we can still worship).



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