Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15
Today’s Song Story
Let Us With a Gladsome Mind
Take a moment to listen to these words, and then I will tell you something surprising about them. The words are:
Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind;
For his mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
(NOTE: The "aye" in this case is pronounced with a long a –– rhymes with "weigh." It means "ever" and not "yes" –– from George William Rutler, Brightest and Best)
The something surprising is this: These words were written by a fifteen year old schoolboy. That will seem less surprising if I tell you who the boy was. He was John Milton, who grew up to be a famous poet –– author of the epic poem, "Paradise Lost."
Milton based "Let us with a gladsome mind" on Psalm 136. He hadn’t intended to write a hymn, but his poem was set to music by a church organist, John Bernard Wilkes, long after Milton’s death, using a tune written originally by John Antes, a Moravian composer.
Today’s Worship Songs
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Desert Soul – Rend Collective Experiment
Always Been About You – Creative Fellowship
The Way You Love Me – Jeremy Camp
Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) – Chris Tomlin
You Are – Colton Dixon
Pray – Sanctus Real
The King is Here – Kim Walker – Smith
Pursuit – Jesus Culture
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