Talented?, Part 3

Written by Julie

On April 24, 2021

{For previous parts, see this and this.}

[kids’ chorus] 
I will sing for the Lord, yes I will sing.
He enables me to stand,
I’m safe in His mighty hands,
I will sing for the Lord, yes I will sing. 

We’ve all heard the voices the world loves to hear
So rich and melodious, it brings forth a tear
With harmonies ringing and pleasing the ear
It seems the whole world loves to sing
Though the message brings nothing of peace
And I’ve often thought that if I had that voice
I’d tell of the Savior and they’d make Him their choice
The Spirit would break forth and many anoint 
But I was so wrong then I see
‘Cause God doesn’t need talent, just me! 

[chorus]
So I’ll lift up my voice with the message He gave,
From the God who still longs for all to be saved.
So I’ll lift up my voice, I will not be ashamed,
To tell of the cross in the power of His name. 

So what if your song isn’t wondrously graced,
With artistic beauty and perfectly placed.
If for applause we just sing and for pleasing the ear,
To our own end the music will bring,
To our own selves, not God, we will sing.
So don’t let the world tell you you haven’t got the right stuff.
Rely on the Spirit to make diamonds from rough.
Remember Moses and Joshua, David and Paul,
And how God used them despite all their flaws.
God can use ev’ry one of us all! 
[chorus]

~”Lift Up Your Voice”

/~/

Unfortunately, I didn’t copy down who wrote/sang this song and can’t find it anywhere. The family who sang it (a couple and their two children) weren’t, um, the greatest singers; but like the man pointed out in this song he wrote, “God doesn’t need talent, just me!” They put their hearts into it, were worshipping God, and encouraged/challenged me.

Music is seriously powerful. (I might have to do a post focusing on that, or music, or whatever. Maybe a series? What do you think?) And talent isn’t necessarily needed. Yes, I’d rather listen to someone who sings well than, ya know, the other type; but I tend to focus on the words over the music. The message and the attitude are what’s important–not the sound of the voices.

Why do we think we “haven’t got the right stuff”? Why do we hold back (in singing and in other aspects), saying “I can’t do that”?

God doesn’t need talent. He can–and will–use us despite our flaws.

P.S. My, um, rant about talents in January (and part 2 in February) has continued to be in the back of my mind, and I’ve since come across several things/thoughts related to the topic. Sooo, I decided to make a series! 😊 For those who read my Easter series, this one is a lot more. . . informal? unorganized? (The latter is probably more accurate. 😄) There might be several posts about it in a row, and then a random one somewhere, maybe even months later. . . Yeah, I really don’t know. Aaaanyways, I hope you enjoy it! And feel free to share your thoughts on the topic or the post (or anything else you want to share) with me! 😊

		
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Julie

Julie

Hi, I'm Julie, a 16 year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a sophomore in high school (Abeka Academy), and am starting my second year of violin lessons. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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Brenna
Brenna
1 month ago

Music would definitely be an interesting topic… And I do agree that we all should use our gifts- yet maybe even if we don’t think we have a gift for singing- God commands us to- so everyone should do it- regardless of what they might think about it!! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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