Musical Term for Today:
a cappella - choral music without instrumental accompaniment.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
On yesterday, I sang a familiar hymn in the chapel service at the request of one of my classmates. I sang, "How Great Thou Art." I sang the song a cappella, without musical accompaniment. I was prepared to sing a cappella but I was open to being supported by the musician for the worship service. All of the participants in the service arrived about thirty minutes before the service was to begin, including the musician. I went to him to ask if we could run through at least the first verse and chorus. I knew that I probably would not sing the hymn in its original key so I wanted to review it with him so that we could be on one accord. Well, bless his older heart! We tried the original key and while I could have sung the song there, I wanted to start in a different key which I felt would be more suited to my vocal capabilities. After he banged a few notes, in a meager effort to adjust, I tapped him on his shoulder and kindly said, “Thank You, Sir, but I am alright.” He was so relieved.
I laugh as I think about that moment because I had a similar moment when I was singing the hymn, “I SurrenderAll.” I must say that the musician was excellent but she was overzealous. As I sang, I guess she was so moved by the spirit that she forgot that I was the one singing the solo and in that moment, she was to assist and support, NOT takeover. You should have heard her doing all kind of tricks on that keyboard which was pushing me out of an opportunity for us to make music together. So, in the middle of the song, I asked her to just stop playing and I kept right on singing the hymn a cappella. Now, I do not know if she felt relieved, but I know I did.
BlogFam, I know that these two different stories may have caused you to chuckle! I can honestly say that as I am thinking and writing both of these situations, I am laughing myself! I am so grateful that the good Lord has blessed me with a voice that can carry certain songs without the assistance of an instrumentalist. However, I am always grateful to those who can play a keyboard, piano, organ and support me in my attempt to sing unto the Lord! I do not take for granted the skill of a musician. However, I rejoice that when the musician is ineffective or overzealous, God has blessed me to overcome the accompaniment and continue His praise a cappella. My friends, while this may work in some situations as the two I described above, I am clear that not every solo will work without instrumental support. There are some songs where the soloist and the musician must submit to each other in order to create beautiful music for others to enjoy!
Furthermore, I submit to you today that there is no a cappella discipleship in the Kingdom of God. As I daily surrender my heart to the original Composer of this universe and of my life, how dare I ask him to sit this stanza out or get frustrated because He is being overzealous in His activity in my life? I do not know about you but I NEED to be accompanied by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost! I NEED the Lord God to be everything that He promised He would be in my life. I NEED to know that as I am walking through each verse and chorus, He will not leave me hanging.
Sistas and Brothas, I admit that I have made some choices on my own which did not reflect the intent of my original Composer. I have had moments when I have tried to flow in the vein of a cappella discipleship independent of prayer, Christian fellowship, and godly counsel. And I can tell you that those were not moments that deserve encore presentations. However, I am at a different place now. I am convinced that A Cappella discipleship is NOT the life we are called to as followers of Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6 [KJV]
Trust in the LORD with ALL thine heart; and lean NOT unto thine own understanding.
In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
BlogFam, as you go throughout this day, I challenge you to think of the ways in which you have asked God by your attitude or your actions, to NOT accompany you. Have you been walking to the a cappella rhythms of your own vices without the leading of the Holy Spirit? Are you willing to submit to the help that our God wants to give to you on today – in every situation?
I pray that you would trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart and that you would acknowledge Him in ALL of your ways. I pray that today you would renounce a cappella discipleship and receive the gift of divine accompaniment.
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