Saturday, August 6, 2011

God Wants To Hear You Sing

I am going to do something a little different this weekend. While we deeply love the old hymns of the faith, my husband (the best bass singer I know) and I love Southern Gospel music. I'd like to share this song by Greater Vision with you. I can never listen to it without tears and goosebumps - without feeling drawn into His presence.

It was written by Rodney Griffin, Greater Vision's baritone singer. A truly gifted song writer, he has been named song writer of the year every year since 1998 as well as favorite baritone. I am thankful the Lord gave him this song.

If you are going through a difficult time, I pray this song will minister to you. There comes a time in each of our lives when we must walk a path that seems hopeless. It is during those times God longs to know that we love Him still, for He will never stop loving us.

Their chains were fastened tight
Down at the jail that night
Still Paul and Silas would not be dismayed
They said, “It’s time to lift our voice, sing praises to the Lord
Let’s prove that we will trust Him come what may”

God wants to hear you sing
When the waves are crashing ’round you
When the fiery darts surround you
When despair is all you see
God wants to hear your voice
When the wisest man has spoken
And says, “Your circumstance is as hopeless as can be”
That’s when God wants to hear you sing

He loves to hear our praise on our cheerful days
When the pleasant times outweigh the bad, by far
But when suffering comes along
And we still sing Him songs
That is when we bless the Father’s heart.



  1. God wants to hear you sing
    When the waves are crashing ’round you
    When the fiery darts surround you
    When despair is all you see
    God wants to hear your voice...

    Oh, Linda, Linda, Linda...

    How DID you know??! These past few months, hubby and i have been going through a difficult time (not with one another, but with a circumstance that significantly effects our family). Well, this past week, God answered a gazillion prayers-- His faithfulness, His goodness, and His provision have been amazing!!

    But just today, after someone else made a specific comment, the doubts set in. Just like that. After experiencing His power first hand, i fell prey to the darts of the evil one. And the frustration & defeat set in.

    But then I stopped by for a visit... and God whispered, "Wait. Hope. Trust. Because 'I AM.' " And in that quiet little moment, through-- what others would call a coincidence but I call a God-ordained meeting-- I am reminded to SING!

    Thank you, dearest Linda, for the outpouring of your heart! Once again, the Lord-- through you-- has knocked the proverbial socks completely off my feet!

    And I stand here amazed...

  2. Oh how pretty, and oh how true. The singers have such lovely voices. Thanks for sharing this timely message in song, Linda.

  3. Thank you, Linda ... so very much ...

  4. When God whispers in your ear, you listen, and oh what blessings pour out!
    I was so moved by what Heather wrote. That could be me in many ways except some prayers are still unaswered, but as for the ones that have, one comment CAN cause turmoil inside me. Bless you for listening.
    As Susan has said,"Thank you, Linda. . . so very much. . ."
    (Tremendous song!)

  5. know i thinkGod does want to hear us sing....a little southern gospel is not a bad thing...smiles...actually i have a pretty eclectic taste in music...i tend to sing it loud though...smiles.

  6. Good 'ol time gospel music does make my heart happy!! My mother, dad, and uncle, along with another man, had a gospel quartet when I was little. They were very good and sang at a lot of conventions, decoration events, and even on the radio. As a result of listening to them so much, I grew to know all the different parts to the songs. About this time "gospel boogie" type songs were written and were hard to be accepted by some people.

  7. You know how much we love southern gospel around here! I'd love to hear your sweetie sing - or that he and mine could sing together sometime! We were just talking this week-end about the Gaither Vocal Band's song, I'm Not Gonna Worry - and how we sang it at the top of our lungs on a trip when we were in the midst of Kevin's worst time. Those writers sure get it right so much of the time.

    Thanks for another great post.