(This homeschool hymn study devotional contains referral links and is excerpted from Great Hymns of the Faith: A Study for All Ages.)
SAVED FROM MYSELF
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love….
As I read these words, my heart breaks. Much as I wish it was otherwise, I know it is true.
Why would I leave you, Lord Jesus? You hold the keys to all I need and truly want. And yet, were I not tethered to You, I might be lured away forever by temptations that lead only to destruction.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death. (Prov. 14:12).
The way of covetousness. Greed. Selfishness. Pride.
THE PATTERN OF PRIDE
Without Your help, Lord Jesus, I fall prey to pride. So subtle—but deadly nonetheless.
There’s a pattern to my wandering:
Success tempts me to claim for myself the glory that rightly belongs to You.
Where did any ability I possess actually come from? What do I have that I did not receive? (1 Corin. 4:7) You have taught me that every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17).
Although I may work hard, even my ability to labor comes from You, Lord Jesus.
(Having once been bedridden, too weak and too pained to do anything but pray, I recognize that the ability to work truly is a precious gift.)
THE FREEDOM IN FAILURE
There is no loss in giving You all the glory. Rather, there is freedom.
All too easily, I wander and forget. But freedom comes in remembering that You alone are sovereign, gracious, and merciful.
The outcome of my efforts is in Your hands.
When I undertake a task, all that You require of me is to do my best. There is no shame in my honest shortcomings.
If I fail, You will tenderly teach me through failure.
Lord Jesus, You alone are God and worthy to be praised!
Are you planning to study hymns with your family?
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Your little ones will enjoy doing copywork and original coloring pages. Moms and older kids will be captivated by the amazing stories behind the hymns. All ages will enjoy the videos of the hymns being performed.