Don’t sing primarily because you love singing, or keep quiet because you do not. Sing because you love who made you, and formed you, and enables you to sing:
We sing to Him whose wisdom form’d the ear, our songs , let Him who gave us voices, hear, we joy in God, who is The spring of mirth, who loves the harmony of Heav’n and earth: our humble sonnets shall that praise rehearse, who is the music of the Universe. And whilst we sing, we consecrate our art, and offer us with every tongue a heart.
Nathaniel Ingelo – 1688
Every year the major news networks put together a list of their top 10 news stories of the year. I put together what I thought were the top stories of 2017. Interestingly enough, Dale checked my stories with others and we came up with many of the same selections. Whether you agree or disagree – you may be on one side or the other of these stories – these stories made an impact on our culture and country this year.
- The National Anthem Controversy | NFL Players
- Charlottesville | Taking down monuments
- Racial Tensions
- Mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas
- Opioid Epidemic
- Hurricane devastation.
Each year Pam and I put together a list of songs that we have enjoyed from the past year. Now sometimes there is crossover from the year before. The list of songs is in no particular order. First up however is my nomination for Album of the Year
Matt Maher | Echoes
Probably that comes as no surprise. This album is a well crafted album. What I like about it is that Maher has taken the theme of the lyrics from several well known hymns and gospel songs and has redone them with new music and lyrics. Just to give you an idea we have titles like “What A Friend,” “Faithfulness,” “Holy,” “Just As I Am,” “Awake My Soul (A Thousand Tongues). Each of these songs is based on a classic hymn. Some of my other favorites are Your Love Defends Me (which will get listed below) and Least of These.
If I shared all the songs I like from this project you would have the whole album.
Here are Pam’s top choices for songs in 2017:
Even If | Mercy Me
Still | Hillary Scott
The Lion and the Lamb | Leeland
Forgiven | Crowder
Revival | Third Day
Run Devil Run | Crowder
Chainbreaker | Zach Williams
Home | Chris Tomlin
King of the World | Natalie Grant
Jesus | Chris Tomlin