“Oh Brother, oh Sister, Rejoice in the Lord!”

7/26/16
Written by: Victor P.
I hope the words encourage you, brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Oh Brother, oh Sister, Rejoice in the Lord!”

If you feel weak, when you feel so weak
Remember that the Lord is your strength.
If you can’t rejoice in present circumstances,
Oh brother, oh sister, rejoice in the Lord!

When things seem out of control
Remember that God’s still in control.
When the world seems crazier than before
Remember that God’s still on His throne!

When everything seems wrong in the world and humanity
Remember that God will make everything right one day.
When there seems to be so much negativity around
Spread positivity, praise and rejoice in the Lord!

Rejoice in the Lord despite the darkness of the times
For He is your joy and your strength and your song.
Oh brother, oh sister, rejoice in the Lord your God
For He is you light and your hope and your life!

Bring your troubles, bring your pain to the Lord;
It’s difficult now but things will change, so rejoice in the Lord.
This life isn’t easy and problems are bound to come
But keep your head up, soldier of Christ, rejoice in the Lord!

God sees it all and knows the reasons for everything
But we don’t have all the answers so let us rest in His goodness;
We can’t discover all of the whys behind all of the tragedies
So let us trust in God’s perfect will and knowledge.

Let us rejoice in God now while we have time and breath.
Come now, brother, come now, sister, rejoice in the Lord.
It’s because of all that’s happening and all that we don’t know
That we need to trust in the living God and rejoice in Him always!
…….
Glory to God Alone.

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“Gather Around, Come Together” (at least part satire, by me)

“Gather Around, Come Together” (at least part satire, by me)

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“Servant of Christ, Hear My Advice” (satire, by me)

“Servant of Christ, Hear My Advice” (satire, by me)

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“Praise God”

4/17/16
Written by: Victor P.

“Praise God”

As the Lord our God gives
So shall we all receive:
Another day,
Another eve,
The sun and moon,
The dawn and noon.
The blessings He gives
He gives because He loves.

All the good we receive
Comes from God above;
All that we need He will provide
In His way and in His time.

The hand of our Father in Heaven
Is upon us daily, hourly, in each moment,
All that He does, all that’s unseen,
All His great works, Almighty’s deeds:
Protection and guidance,
Correction and patience,
Love we cannot earn,
Grace we don’t deserve,
Mercy He has shown,
Forgiveness of sins He gives,
Salvation through Christ His Son.

God is worthy of our love,
Worthy of our sincere praise,
Worthy of the best we can give,
Worthy of glory, honor, laud, worship,
Worthy of service, worthy more than all!

May hearts burn with love and adoration
For the Creator God, for our Savior!
Holy Spirit, lead hearts to worship
The One Who’s worthy of all praise and glory,
Praise to His Name let us conceive!
Let God be praised, glory receive!
God is alive forevermore, forever glorified!

“Short Empty Moments”

4/10/16. 4/11/16.
Written by: Victor P.

“Short Empty Moments”

An empty moment,
A strange thing,
A part of a day
That doesn’t seem to fit,
Like something missing,
Like nothing happening,
An emptiness present
And activity absent;
Not even like looking at static on TV,
More like looking at a TV that’s off.

The silence surrounds
And solitude abounds.
Moments last for a little
And pass into the past;
The present is here,
The future’s details uncertain.

Empty moments will disappear
But they will return some day;
Do not know when or where,
Do not know why or for how long.
However long empty moments may last
This much is sure, they will end, they’ll pass.

Do moments of emptiness come to all?
There must be a reason for them, a purpose:
Maybe to think about what’s been ignored,
What was put off for some unknown time?

When the empty moments come,
Make use of them, or at least try;
Fill the void, the emptiness of the moment,
Contemplate what’s important,
Ponder what actually matters,
Think about what you’ve overlooked.

Now is not all that there is,
There’s a future still ahead;
You may not know what’s in store
But the past is gone, it is no more.

Make the best of the time you have,
You don’t know how long you’ll live.
Don’t take for granted what you have,
If you lose it, what can you do then?

With the passing of empty moments
The day goes on, moves on its way,
Another day will take its place
And empty moments may come with it
But it need not be moments wasted
Or moments that can’t be more than empty.

Fill those moments, don’t leave them empty,
Do with the time what will make a difference,
Do what is right no matter who is watching,
You have now, later is not guaranteed,
The end may be very far off,
Do all the good you can while you’re alive.
……..
Glory to God Alone.

“On Music and Truth.” by me.

“On Music and Truth” by me.
Written 2/24/16.

A Suggestion
If you are looking for some music that is lyrically good, with content, with substance, theologically sound, I have a suggestion. It’s a band called Minor, and they released an album this year; the songs can be heard online, fastest way to find them is to go to YouTube, or follow the link I provide here. Give the songs a listen, I hope you shall find something to like, to be inspired by, provoked to thought, to ponder the great theme of salvation through faith in Christ by the grace of God.
While I would personally prefer more vocal variation in an album, it does not make the songs or album worse in any way, for the main thing is the lyrical content, the truth that’s present, the message that is shared with all who will hear the songs or read the lyrics online. At the end of the post is a link to the band’s songs.
Songs With Words(Lyrics)
Speaking of the importance of the lyrical content in any song I do not want anyone reading this to get the idea that I am against instrumental music, songs without words; no, I am not against them, and I’m not saying that since I consider lyrical content/ substance of a song to be the most important part of a song, that means I consider songs without words to be of little or no value to people;
no, I don’t want people to get that idea, what I am saying is that in songs with words/lyrics the part that should be given primary place/focus is words/lyrics, for no matter how good it sounds musically if it’s deficient in lyrical quality or content it is deficient in the most important part, and whatever enjoyment listeners may get from it they’ll not get the benefit of hearing quality lyrics, by which I mean lyrics full of truth; lyrics that conform to theological and biblical standards, virtues, values, etc.; lyrics that aren’t about just making someone feel good about themselves but lyrics that call for action to be taken by the listener; lyrics that provoke the listener to move, to change, instead of remaining complacent or being content with the way things are in one’s life be they so bad or spiritually unhealthy or so-so; lyrics that shift one’s focus from the temporary and fleeting to the eternal and everlasting; lyrics that point one to love, to truth, to Christ, to God.

Instrumental music (songs without words)
In this post I was speaking of songs with words, therefore no implication was made about the worth or usefulness or lack thereof of instrumental music. What I will say about songs without words is that it must not be music for music’s sake; music just for the sake of music being made as an addition to the music that already exists; it shouldn’t be music for filling the void in any given environment, meaning music made to chase away the silence, music to distract one from ponder important questions of life and death; it shouldn’t be noise to drown out the silence in any given place; it also shouldn’t be music made for the promotion of self in the eyes of others, seeking praise or approval of others through the making of music; it shouldn’t made for one’s own glory or for the inflating of their ego, or for the occasion to belittle others or insult their music-making abilities.
Instrumental music should be made most importantly for the glory of God, even though it contains no words, in still has the potential to affect people in positive ways if it is done right, if it’s made for the right reasons, if it’s made for the glory of God first and the benefit of others second. While some may underestimate the power of instrumental music, we must not, for it can be a potent, powerful tool in the hands of a devoted and God-fearing individual, and it can bring benefits that another would not be able to for the other may be making the music for reasons I mentioned above, essentially misusing the tool that is music for their own ends and glory.
Instrumental music can be used to help those who’ve much to think about, inspire them, lead them to ponder important things, help them study, help to to appreciate music as a gift God has given mankind, lead them to praise God, inspire them to also make music, and it can do other things. So, instrumental music is a powerful thing, a good thing in the right hands, a gift to share, it is not worse than music with lyrics but it cannot share the truth like music with words can.

Conclusion
It could be said that that’s what’s lacking in the modern music world, even Christian music world, a lack of more truth-packed, biblically correct, theologically sound songs. This can be changed if more people realized how potent music can be, how useful it can be as a tool to spread the truth and share the undiluted Gospel with the world in need of the truth, in need of Christ the Savior, in need of God.
Let us venture to speak the truth to all through whatever media we have at our disposal, whatever is our area of expertise, whatever talent(s) that we have, doing it for the benefit of others but primarily to the glory of God.

I am well aware that someone or other may disagree with something or everything I have written here; that will not make me think I should remove the note or that I should change my mind as soon as someone tells me something that differs from what I have written. If you will consider all I have written to be merely my opinions, so be it; if there are only some or a few things you agree with, great; if you disagree with all I wrote because of what you believe, so be it. I do not and cannot expect all who read this to agree with everything I wrote. If you are offended by something I have written in here, say it. I won’t change what I think just because someone disagrees with it or because it offends someone somehow; my beliefs don’t need to conform to other people’s but rather to the Word of God; I must disagree with others when what they say is not what the Bible says; I must conform to God’s ways and words, not to others’ or even my own if they aren’t what they’re supposed to be. I’m not perfect and neither are you, reader, we all think differently, we can’t all be right, but if we don’t agree with God’s Word then we’re all wrong. I have much to learn, as do you, so let us learn together as we live and live as we ought to, not conforming to the standards of the world but to the standards of God for therein lies our good and light for the path we walk in life.

This post was not to promote some band over another but to simply show that there are great songs one can listen to which have lyrical substance, presenting biblical truth accompanied by vocals and music. It is but one band that chooses to share the truth through the medium of song; there are plenty others out there, one just has to look to find.
A simple google search result for the band’s album, then follow the youtube link to listen to the songs:
https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=minor+sovereign+God&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=minor+sovereign+God&tbm=vid

“Do Not Look Away”

8/25/16
Written by: Victor P.

“Do Not Look Away”

Do not look away
And do not sway
To evil influence
Or false pretense.

We’re dreaming our dreams
And can’t hear the screams,
The suffering still cry,
Their tears who’ll dry?

The eyes that look away
Say what lips won’t say:
Some are too greedy to share
And some too busy to care.

Oh, it’s easy to see
We’re all too busy,
Just too busy to love,
Give of what we have.

We wake up and we see the world,
It seems things are cold and whirled,
Things are not as they could be,
Things could be better, you see.

We’re all prone to doubt,
To wandering further out,
We are falling faster still,
We’re running farther still.

Do not look away,
Avoid the evil way,
Stand your ground,
Hear truth’s sound.

Trying to fill empty hearts
And put back together parts
Broken by words and deeds;
Oh, this is where it all leads.

Honestly, oh, honestly, it’s a sad life
If it consists of emptiness and strife.
Fight it now and rise above,
Life is not life without love!

Who wants things to be this way?
Who doesn’t want it to go away –
All the strife and the wars and the pain?
We must do what we can, it’s not in vain!

Don’t go that way,
Do not look away,
Stop and turn around,
Follow the true sound.
…………
Glory to God Alone.