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Songs of Zion


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Songs of Zion

Songs of Zion How powerfully the songs of Zion have affected my Christian life. Many a Monday afternoon when I was yet young in my salvation, I’d find myself mopping the cafeteria floor by myself because my co-worker enjoyed his weekends. Being so isolated and everything around me being relatively quiet, the enemy would oft use that opportunity to talk to me and bring unwanted thoughts to my mind. Well, of course I would rebuke him and cast down such thoughts, but he’d be back again all too soon, coming perhaps from a different angle, but that same ole devil. Well, I got tired of dealing with the same thing and so I went to my pastor at the time and he encouraged me with a scripture: Philippians 4:8; “Think on these things.” Well as I went through the list of things I should be thinking on, I thought to myself, what in this evil world can filter through that divine strainer? What can I think on? Well, I truly believe God inspired me to begin thinking on the songs of Zion. When the devil would come, I wouldn’t just rebuke him and cast down the thought, but I would at the same time strike up a song. Oh the joy that flooded my soul! Those songs that I heard on Sunday morning would come back to my mind and push all that garbage the devil tried to bring to me from my mind. Beyond that, the songs would uplift my spirit and bless my soul. When a young man in church (I was dragged to church as a child, but stopped going at age 14) I learned all the songs we generally sang out of the Church of God Hymnal, but these songs I was hearing now were new to my ears and uplifting to my spirit. Copyright 2013 CCF Writers

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Songs of Zion

Songs of Zion Songs like, “Jesus my savior to Bethlehem came, born in a manger of sorrow and shame, oh it is wonderful bless his dear name, seeking for me, for me.” Thank God when I was so far out in sin and so turned away from the God that loved me, He yet by His tender mercy came seeking for me.

Another song I recall from that time, “Life is like a mountain railroad…” That song dispelled nuggets of wisdom along with its catchy tune and engaging lyrics. How truly in those days did the song “Heaven Holds All to Me” ring true to my ears. I could identify with that having been saved from a miserable life of sin and chasing after the pleasures of this world. “Earth holds no pleasures but perish with using, However precious they be; Yet there’s a country to which I am going, Heaven holds all to me.” Oh how the song “My Surrender” fit so perfectly the little group of battle scarred saints that took their stand out of anderson. “From babel I fled for my life…” I recall the revival in Birmingham when I first met the saints, I’ll never forget hearing “Send the Power Down” for the first time. “As we gather here in thy presence Lord, on consecrated holy ground, That we all may bear witness now for Thee, O’ Father send the power down… Purify each heart with refining fire, Let perfect love in us abound, With all dross removed and each vain desire, O’ Father, send the power down.” Since then there are so many hymns that have become quite precious to me. Personally, I would not trade the songs of Zion for anything. Copyright 2013 CCF Writers

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Songs of Zion And that’s not to say or contain all inspirational songs to the Evening Light by any means. There are precious songs in the hymnal as well (“O’ Church of God” being one that has always been symbolic to me personally). Also many songs the different choirs sing have been a blessing to me as well, but there is something about the older hymns. For instance I always have loved and identified my experience with “Love Lifted Me.” That got me to marvel at God’s love that would reach out to a sinking sinner like me, but when I heard, “The Love of God” that was something even more descriptive and precious to me because of the picture that it paints in your mind of the incomprehensible depth of God’s love. “Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies a parchment made; Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Tho’ stretched from sky to sky.” I remember going down to Macon, Georgia for the first time. There to hear, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss: From victory unto victory, His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, And Christ is Lord indeed. Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey; Forth to the might conflict, In this His glorious day: ‘Ye that are men, now serve Him,’ Against unnumbered foes; Let courage rise with danger, And strength to strength oppose.” Oh the militant mindset of that song. There’s something about a song of victory that thrills the soul. The Word of God features songs of victory: the song of Moses, Miriam’s song, Barak Copyright 2013 CCF Writers

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Songs of Zion and Deborah’s song, and I’m sure many others. The songs of Zion depict the experience of a Christian and inspire us to hope, to faith, and to fight, no matter what the situation, no matter what the odds.

Songs referenced: Seeking for Me—Unknown

Life’s Railway to Heaven—Eliza R. Snow The Blue Book page 189 Heaven Holds All to Me—T.ST. Evening Light Songs page 362 My Surrender—Gertrude E. Worthington Evening Light Songs page 131 Send the Power Down—Ulysses Phillips Evening Light Songs page 468 O’ Church of God—C.W. Naylor The Love of God—Frederick M. Lehman Evening Light Songs page 484 Stand Up for Jesus—G. Duffield Evening Light Songs page 271 Copyright 2013 CCF Writers

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Songs of Zion