Our dear friend, Stephen Bump, puts words to music whenever he studies the Bible. He doesn’t have a CD, nor does he promote the songs, but they have been sweet to the congregations who sing them.
When I rerun Chris and Jessie’s wedding (oldest son), two songs come to mind. My brother filling the upper space of the room with The Lord’s Prayer, the soaring notes of for Thine is the kingdom bringing tears to those around us.
In contrast, the other song was quiet, a song of benediction, written and sung by Steve, with his acoustic guitar.
Now I commit you to God, to the Word of His grace,
which can build you up with the rest of the saints.
This morning we sang Not Ashamed in which the epistle to the Romans is condensed into seven verses. Here is one section of the song. When my flesh is whining and demanding, I’m going to say, “Not obliged, pal.”
In Christ no obligation to satisfy the flesh.
In Christ no condemnation as the slaves of righteousness.
We’re free to serve our Master, our new Father and our God,
Who has freely bestowed His salvation.