Devotion of the Day

Saviour or Song?

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2.

A well-known pastor tells of a soloist who sang with real artistry a great Gospel song one Sunday morning. By musical standards it was flawless, but the minister detected a lack of “heart,” although there was plenty of art. At the door he asked the singer, “Was that song real to you or was it just a song?” She flushed, but she was honest, and she finally replied, “Pastor, I’m afraid it was just a song.”

We should have both, a Saviour and a song. The Lord Jehovah is our salvation, our strength and our song. When he lifts us out of the miry clay and puts our feet on the Rock, He also puts a song in our mouth. But nothing is so hollow as singing something we know nothing about. A lot of that goes on in churches on Sunday mornings, it is to be feared, and no matter how much of “art” there is, it will not make up for lack of “heart.”

Is the Lord your salvation and strength or is He “just a song”?

The daily devotions are from Day by Day by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1953.

Quote of the Day

I wonder what pulpit committee would even consider, either for pastor or as a visiting minister, a preacher with this description: Has eye trouble; is not much of a speaker; does not play up to the pillars of the church; has had a run-in with one of the main leaders; respects them but says he is called from higher up; has no home; stirs up the people; is called an upsetter; is old fashioned; condemns false teaching openly; won’t play ball with the liberals; believes in church discipline; oh, yes, is often in jail. Am I trying to be funny? No. This man’s name is Paul the Apostle.

The daily devotions are from Pepper ‘n Salt by Vance Havner. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1966.