Song for Today: Friday, March 27, 2020

Ancient Words by Lynn DeShazo, 2001.

Verse 2:

Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam
Ancient words will guide us Home.


Ancient words ever true
Changing me and changing you,
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.

Observe: Ancient Words begins by describing our Bible as “Holy words, long preserved” that “resound with God’s own heart.” Verse 2 is especially relevant for us today.

“Words of life.” When Jesus told the crowd what was necessary for eternal life, many people walked away. Jesus asked Peter if he, too, wanted to leave. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68, ESV).

“Words of hope.” Paul writes to the believers in Ephesus and Colossae, reminding them that their faith is grounded on, the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel. (Colossians 1:5).

The ancient words brings life and hope because of their source. They are given to us by God for the reason stated in the last verse. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you… and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30). Consider the last verse. 

Verse 3:

Holy words of our faith
Handed down to this age
Came to us through sacrifice
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.

These words of life and hope come not on tablets of stone, as did the Law, but through the bloody sacrifice of God the Son. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life, and Jesus shed his blood as the final obedience that earned our redemption.

Handed down to this age, coming through the ultimate sacrifice given in love. When we absorb this truth to the center of our being, we joyfully heed the words of Christ. In these trying times, the Holy Words are all we have to guide us home, and the Father, Son, and Spirit promise they will. 

The Song for Today will return on Monday. Look for Pastor Steve’s message this Sunday on our website. Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

Pastor Don


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