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October 2, 2022 - #4855 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Come, Ye Children of the Lord”
Music: Spanish melody
Lyrics: James H. Wallis
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“If the Savior Stood Beside Me”1
Music and Lyrics: Sally DeFord
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

“Shine On” (organ solo)
Music: Joseph Ballantyne
Arrangement: Richard Elliott

“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
Music: Irish melody
Lyrics: Henry Baker
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“His Voice as the Sound”2
Music and Lyrics: American folk song
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“More Holiness Give Me”3
Music and Lyrics: Phillip P. Bliss
Arrangement: Ronald Staheli

“O Come Ye Nations of the Earth”
Music: German hymn tune
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. From the album Teach Me to Walk in The Light.
  2. From the album Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
  3. From the album Let Us All Press On.

The Spoken Word

Daily Devotion

A university student recently had a life-changing insight. But unlike most things he was learning as a student, this insight didn’t come from a lecture or a textbook. In fact, it was sparked when he forgot something from his textbook.

While enrolled in a science class, he was fascinated as he read about how stars are formed. He noticed that if someone asked him about stars when he was studying the book, he could accurately describe the exact conditions necessary for star formation. But if someone asked him the same question a month or two later, he might have some hazy memory that hydrogen gas was involved in the process, but he would be unsure about the details. In time, he might even start second-guessing himself—was he remembering correctly? Was hydrogen gas really essential to star formation? Time spent away from his studies caused him to doubt things he had once known with confidence and certainty.

And what was so life-changing about this simple observation? The young man realized that this basic principle of academic success also applies to his spiritual growth.

Truth is independent; it does not change. But our confidence in the truth varies according to our connection to God, the source of truth. That’s why daily spiritual habits are so important. If we take time each day to connect with heaven through prayer and pondering God’s word in purposeful study, we can more readily respond to life’s difficulties with faith and clarity. We can even respond more confidently to questions that might challenge our faith. When those challenges come, we don’t have to try to pull from a hazy memory of what we once read, felt, or knew. It’s much better to draw upon recent experiences with the divine. Life’s questions, confusions, and problems become less overwhelming and not so dark as we bask in divine light each day.

We are here on earth to learn and grow. And like every other living, growing thing on earth, we grow gradually, consistently, day by day—not in occasional growth spurts. Devotion to God, at its best, happens regularly, even daily. Spiritual experiences or feelings of the past may not be enough to carry us through tomorrow’s hard trials and hard questions. But taking time for holiness each day will keep our spiritual memories bright and powerful.