In Times Like These

Music HighwayAs I write this, another terrorist attack has occurred. This time it is in England. London is mourning several of her citizens who were participating in life. A few days earlier, several children and young people, concluding a concert venue and looking forward to continuing on with their lives, were viciously killed by those who had hate – a hatred toward strangers who, somehow to the murderers, did not conform to their beliefs and lifestyles.

Most, if not all, of us Christians know that we are
living in increasingly dangerous and evil times
(2 Timothy 3:1 KJV).

North Korea is growing in its ability to become a
threatening, paranoid bully against many countries
of this world. It is believed North Korea’s goal is
to develop nuclear warheads for extortion in getting
what it wants.

Deaths through opioid overdose are becoming ever
more epidemic.

Christian churches, previously grounded and solid
in their expounding on Biblical righteousness and holy
living are compromising doctrines over to the
ever-changing and evil mores of the culture and society
around them.

These are some of the ways and conditions now found
within these times of darkness happening all
around us.

What should we Christians do in times like these?

The concept of anchor in Christianity often means maintaing strong faith and trust in Christ during difficult times of trial. It can also be interchangeably used as Jesus Christ Himself, our Anchor.

Much can be said about how to live in times like these. Many sermons have been given and many more should and will need to be preached on how we Christians can endure times like these to the end.

I pray that some of you Christian churches come to your senses and awaken so the saints within you be strengthened even greater in times like these – be strengthened with Bible verses such as:

Matthew 24:12-13

1 Corinthians 15:58

++and

James 4:7-8

One simple thing we Christians can do to keep our eyes and hearts focused on Christ is to learn several well known Christian songs and hymn classics such as the one in the two YouTube videos below.

When Silas and the apostle Paul were arrested and placed in stocks, what did they do? They sang songs they already knew (Acts 16:22-25). Wow! What a wonderful thing they did as they witnessed Jesus Christ and prayed for the infant church at that time. Would we Christians sing songs to God if we were put in prison because of Christ?

The apostle Paul admonished the Colossian believers:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17. Compare this with Ephesians 5:18-20).

Jesus, after He finished His final supper as a free man, sang a song with His disciples and to His Father. Yes, of course, during His final hours, Jesus definitely prayed to His Father as He carried His cross and was executed. But a song was actually sung beforehand on the evening of the last supper that He and all of the disciples knew by heart.

As a church fellowship, as brothers and sisters, let us be familiar with not only the powerful Bible verses which the Holy Spirit will remind and impress upon our minds as needed (John 14:26), but, again, through songs that you can sing from your heart at any given moment during times like these.

Know them so that you and others in the same location with you can sing them spontaneously – without the need of electric guitars and pianos. Why? Because these are times of great inconvenience and trial for many of you:

* These are times for many of you where no overhead screen monitors are allowed to be available to read Christian song lyrics.

* These are times for many of you where guitars and drums for spiritual worship are being outlawed.

* These are times when many of you can be (and already have been) rounded up and arrested for being Christians.

Therefore, sing songs to encourage and witness Christ to believers and non-believers as they hear you. But many of you may now only have your vocal cords available for singing. Use them as the Holy Spirit leads you.

When you let spiritual songs of praise and thanksgiving come from your heart, I am very sure Jesus Christ will be listening and all of the hosts in heaven will be singing along with you –  in times like these.

 

Ruth Caye Jones (1902 – 1972)

In Times Like These   (1944)
lyrics – Ruth Caye Jones
music – Ruth Caye Jones
sung by – The Blue Rock Mennonite Youth
genre – Classic Hymn

LYRICS:

In times like these you need a Savior.
In times like these you need an anchor.
Be very sure, (be very sure), be very sure, (be very sure)
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, (be very sure), be very sure, (be very sure)
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

In times like these you need the Bible.
In times like these, O be not idle.
Be very sure, (be very sure), be very sure, (be very sure)
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One.
This Rock is Jesus, the only One.
Be very sure, (be very sure), be very sure, (be very sure)
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

In times like these I have a Savior.
In times like these I have an anchor.
I’m very sure, (I’m very sure), I’m very sure, (I’m very sure)
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One.
This Rock is Jesus, the only One.
I’m very sure, (I’m very sure), I’m very sure, (I’m very sure)
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

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As sung by George Beverly Shea (1909 – 2013):

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