Awake my soul and sing!

(Royal Jubilee Celebrations.)

I’ve been thinking about a hymn I have known most of my life. I found myself singing it this morning as I made my first attempt to get the kids out of bed.

Crown Him with many crowns,

The Lamb upon His throne,

Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.

Awake, my soul, and sing

Of Him who died for thee,

And hail Him as the matchless King through all eternity!

I wondered what God was saying to me through these words, and the line about the heavenly anthem drowning out all music but its own jumped out at me.

Recently there have been lots of thoughts going on in my mind, churning around  and this song reassured me that God’s song, God’s story can drown them out! The worries of the world, about kids, about health, about money, about jobs, -all the stuff that makes us human but also distracts us – can be drowned out by a timeless song in heaven. How can we put ourselves in a place where the Song drowns out the worries? We can train ourselves to focus on good things – Phil 4:8 tells us how.

“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others.” (Living Bible)

It sounds easy when you say it quickly, and life gets in the way. But maybe this verse could be a lectio divina – take one phrase and chew it over, trying to put it into practice.

If you know the hymn, click on the link at the top and have a sing! It’s got a great tune, and it wakes up the kids in the morning!

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