Mar 6, 2011

Message in the Music ~ Tis So Sweet

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I love music. Usually during the good, bad and ugly times in my life I’m able to find message in songs that I can identify with. These songs become my anthem for periods in my life.

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

It was at a service I attended recently when the choir began singing Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus. With joy in my heart I joined in. However, as I sang memories began to flow through my mind. The song had been my personal anthem for a while. At times I sang it quietly, sometimes prayerfully, sometimes desperately, but always hopefully.

Then one day, in that particular situation all hope was gone… The first time I heard the song after that I refused to sing because I associated the song with the one situation where there was no longer any hope. Wouldn’t it be lying to say it’s was sweet to trust in Jesus, to take Him at His word when I really didn’t feel that? I mean, I kinda, sorta trusted Him but at that time it wasn’t so sweet.

So I didn’t sing because I didn’t believe. Then one day I was listening to some music when the song came on. I was too lazy didn’t feel like getting up to turn it off so I listened. I really listened…

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

My heart was pricked. How is it that even though I’d proved Him more times than I can count this time because He didn’t do it my way I withdrew? I stopped singing?

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

As I listened to the words the tears began to flow. My heart that had was broken because I realized that I had stopped singing because I had stopped trusting.

I really wish I had this Christian walk figured out. How is it that you know God, you’ve proven Him, He’s been that friend that is closer than a brother but yet sometimes in times of trouble we’re prone to forget?

Lord, I thank you for precious reminders everyday of exactly why it’s so sweet to trust in you. I’m grateful that even during those times I doubt, I question, I pout, I keep silent you never give up on me. Thank you Lord for giving me back my song…

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Even after all these years trusting Him for me is still a daily walk, but I intend to keep on,
Trusting Him,


  1. "Amen,amen,amen"!!! It is so sweet to trust in Jesus,though we fail to do so often. How precious is our Saviour to love and forgive us still.
    Love ya

  2. Oh, I can so relate to this Bernadine. I love your honesty, you speak straight to my heart.

  3. Good post, good questions. Sometimes pain, in the body or heart, crowd out saner thoughts. It is reassuring to know, though, that God still hangs in there with us!

  4. You said it all here: "My heart was pricked. How is it that even though I’d proved Him more times than I can count this time because He didn’t do it my way I withdrew? I stopped singing?"

    We'll never have the 'walk figured out' that is why we have to trust Him fully and when we get into doubt or fear we've got to go back and remind ourselves over again how sweet He is. Like you, there are songs for seasons of my life. I've been leaning on a few in the last few months of medical challenge and one is "He'll do it again" sung by Pastor Shirley Caesar. I remind myself and encourage myself in the LORD that He is faithful and His delivering power and peace walks with me...again and again. I'm GRATEFUL..

    Bernadine, you are precious. Thank you for every prayer prayed and ones you continue to pray. I love you and appreciated your notes to me as well on Email/comments.

    I love you. Praying God's Sweet and Powerful Hand touch every need you have. Trust Him.

  5. I love your articles and honesty. So glad I found your blog! May the joy of the Lord be your strength in season and out of season too!

  6. I am so glad you shared this with us! It is a daily walk for me as well. Thankfully God loves us despite our flaws!


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