Saturday, October 29, 2011

I'm Thinking On A Working Song

A line from a Sara Groves song has been running through my mind lately--one of my favorites in all her songs,
"My grandmother had a working song
hummed it low all day long,
'Sing for the beauty that's to be found...'" (from Setting Up the Pins)
And so my heart has been longing for a 'working song.' Something to hum low all day long. A way to set my heart to prayer even when my mind wanders. Here's the first one that pops to mind:

O fill me with your fullness, Lord,
until my very heart o'erflow
in kindling thought and glowing word
your love to tell, your praise to show.
O use me, Lord, use even me,
just as you will, and when, and where
until your blessed face I see,
your rest, your joy, your glory share. (Lord Speak to Me)
It reminds me where my strength and rest come from. It is a prayer to do it for His glory and His alone. It is an acknowledgment that my life is constantly a witness (whether good or bad) in these days of having young children about. And it is a plea for keeping me close to Him.

Or what about one of these?

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above. (Come Thou Fount)

I praise the God of grace;
I trust his truth and might;
He calls me his, I call him mine,
My God, my joy, my light.
'Tis he who saveth me,
And freely pardon gives;
I love because he loveth me,
I live because he lives. (Not What My Hands Have Done)

But if you try and fail in your trying,
Hands sore and scarred from the work you've begun;
Take up your cross, run quickly to meet Him,
He'll understand; He'll say, "Well done. (If When You Give)

Basically I could go on all day. I love hymns and singing and this idea of singing my prayers all day long is very attractive and really doable. (You know how songs can get stuck in there!)
Any suggestions? What would you want to be singing all day long? What do you sing all day?


  1. All of these are great songs! Why not just hum then all or sing them like a medley! (:>)

    I leave my radio on the Christian radio station and I just sing along with the ones that I like! Everything just goes so much better when praise comes forth from our lips!

    Hope you had a good Saturday...and that you will have a good Lord's Day tomorrow.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  2. I liked your song you were working on and the ones you shared. I find myself having lots of different praise songs in my mind at times during the day, often first thing in the morning. I've been wondering if there is a "rhyme or reason" for the ones that seem to be there running in the background of my mind, but always so like to praise God through worship music indeed!

    Just visiting from 6WS: I hope you have a nice rest of the weekend!