Long live

If you’re playing that drum, but you got no rhythm;
If you’re a little out of key, but you’re always singing…
If you’re so carefree, but so not careless
Such a wreck, but ain’t love wreck-less?
If you’re listening I hope you hear this:

Long live the young at heart –
you know who you are!
With your spirit burning;
Take a risk and take a chance – carry on!

Long live the soul set free –
don’t be afraid to dream!
While the world’s still turning,
every moment, make it happen…
With two left feet, keep on dancing!

Beat by beat
Breath by breath
Walking hand in hand
Step by step…

With a drop of faith and childlike wonder,
you can weather the lighting, you can brave the thunder!
No road map, but keep on running;
No parachute, but keep on jumping!
Oh, I think you might be onto something…

Chorus
Beat by beat
Breath by breath
Walking hand in hand
Step by step
Here and now
Day by day
Won’t let this memory slip away

~ Written by:  Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Seth Mosley & Blair Daly
Performed by:  for King & Country ~

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Count your blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost…
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.  (Psalm 143:5)

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?  (Matthew 11:28, 1 Peter 5:7)
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?  (Matthew 16:24)
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
and you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,  (Proverbs 11:28)
think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.  (Matthew 6:20, John 14:2-3)
Count your many blessings:  Wealth can never buy  (Acts 8:18-20, Ephesians 2:8)
your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
do not be disheartened, God is over all…  (Ephesians 1:21-23)
Count your many blessings:  angels will attend,  (Psalm 91:11)
help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

~ Words:  Johnson Oatman, Jr.
Music:  Edwin O. Excell ~

Feathered Choir

One cannot really say it is a good and well-trained choir;
to sing the loudest is the aim to which they all aspire…
They disregard harmonic laws – sometimes they’re not in tune –
and yet they give a grand performance every afternoon.

The twitter of the sparrow and the robin’s chirpy note –
the harsh metallic squawking from the starling’s shining throat;
and from the elms the noisy rooks demand to have a part
(it’s certain they will never master singing as an art).

They all strike up a different theme;  they sing just what they please…
They trill and pipe and whistle from their choir-stalls in the trees…
And here’s a lesson to be learnt – it’s just occurred to me –
If birds can sing in winter-time – well then, why shouldn’t we?

~ Patience Strong, The quiet hour ~

Psalm 34
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.  I will bless the LORD at all times:  His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  3  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His Name together.

Psalm 100
A Psalm of praise.  Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  2  Serve the LORD with gladness:  come before His presence with singing.  3  Know ye that the LORD he is God:  it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves;  we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  4  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise:  be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.  5  For the LORD is good;  His mercy is everlasting;  and His truth endureth to all generations.