A joyful noise to the Lord

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

-Psalm 98:4

Tonight was the monthly singing party for our church. Even though I’ve gone to this church for over 2 years, I’ve never been to one of the get togethers they have during the year. However, we were invited by several other members to this one. I was originally told it was last week, but it got changed to tonight. Unfortunately, my husband made other plans for tonight so the kids and I went without him.

It was a great party. Our pastor has a huge house so that is where we met. The first half everyone sat around and visited while eating a pot luck light meal. Then we all (adults and children) went upstairs for singing. When we sing, we do not use instruments. There were probably 50 people there like a giant, all-ages choir. It was amazing!

Around 930 the party broke up because the young kids (mine included) were getting tired. Still they had enough energy to play a last game of freeze tag in the dark outside on the way to the vehicles.

Just as I am

When I was in Virginia, I went to revival/tent meetings held by the Mennonites in the area. One thing that left a very great impression was at the end of the meeting, they sang a song called, Just As I Am while inviting people to receive Jesus as savior. It was very fitting and beautiful. At one meeting, I had tears in my eyes from it. As I said in another post, all the singing is done without any instrumental accompaniment. It didn’t matter if you were a great singer or just barely croaking it out. No one was critical, the important thing was voicing your praise in song. With about 300 people in the tent, it was like being in a giant choir.

I found the words to Just As I Am today. It is a very encouraging and comforting song, reminding us that we need not be perfect to come to Jesus. He wants us Just as I am. Here they are:

Verse1: Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee, O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Verse2: Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot. To Thee, whose blood can clense each spot, O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Verse3: Just as I am, tho’ tossed about With many a conflict, many a doubt, With fears within, and foes without, O lamb of God, I come! I come!

Verse4: Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, clense, relieve; Because Thy promise I believe, O lamb of God, I come! I come!

So are you ready to come Just as you are? I hope so. Bring your doubts, fears, conflicts, and sin to him. He’ll take it from there.