How Can I Keep From Singing?

The last two years we were in New York, my wife and I were part of the community ecumenical clergy association in the community about four mile south of us. We had some great times of fellowship and worship. Each year the association sponsored a Lenten series. We rotated to the different churches and rotated the clergy as well. Usually the host church’s pastor spoke at a different church. Our theme the first year we were involved was “Come to the Waters.” Several weeks in the Catholic priest, shared a sermon on the stormy waters. At the end of the sermon he shared the song, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” I’ve been thinking how all this fits in with singing as a spiritual discipline. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking some thoughts of a paper that I wrote back at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Spiritual disciplines are designed to change us. Think of those we commonly think of as spiritual disciplines; Bible study; prayer; fasting and so on. We are now studying the corporate disicplines on Sunday evenings. I’ve been thinking that singing can be a personal or corporate discipline.

Many times I’ve have spent time singing either in private or corporately and the act of singing has produced a change in my heart; in the good times and the bad.

Here are the original lyrics from Robert Lowrey’s hymn, follow by Chris Tomlin’s paraphrase and rewrite.

1. My life flows on in endless song,
above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the clear, though faroff hymn
that hails a new creation.

Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

2. Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

3. What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

4. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?

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