No, I’m not sick or even a bit queasy, it’s just that a friend of mine and I got into an off-beat conversation about what songs we would like sung at our funerals, (again, not that I expect one anytime soon)! So I thought about it a little and know of two that will make the cut. The first one is an old the classic “I Need Thee Every Hour”. I particularly like the one by Fernando Ortega:
The words were written by Annie Hawks (1835 – 1918). After writing the lyrics, she gave them to her pastor, Robert Lowry, who added the tune and refrain…Some years later, after the death of her husband, Hawks wrote:
“I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace.” (taken from Bible Study Charts).
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.
It is a wonderful acknowledgment that every day we live, every challenge before us and every breath we take depends on God. Every mercy in every hour is of Him.
The second song is more contemporary. It is “Glorous Day” by Casting Crowns. Maybe you’ve heard it?
Just an excerpt:
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my beloved one bringing
My Savior Jesus is mine
Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day, oh, glorious day
I think the reason I love this song so much is that it brings me to contemplate the day when Christ will come back. I think that reading of Christ’s return and imagining the scene as it is described in the Bible is one thing, (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18), but to realize that this scene will actually play out in real life and that we will all be there blows my mind. There will be no more trouble, no more tears, no more worries. Everything will pale in light of His return. It will be a glorious day!
Maybe you don’t have to think about your own funeral to share a song that best describes your faith and journey in this life. What songs would you pick and why?