Louder Than Words
a song for Thy peace like a river does flow
my lips to the sky, Thy glory is known
yet open my eyes to see just beyond
there’s more to Thy grace than singing a song
our tongues are quick, yet our feet are slow
we say we believe, but how do we show it?
actions speak louder than words they say
so let’s drown out the world with hands we raise
not in shallow praise, but lifted for others
our sisters and brothers
to bring about change in the world today
’cause the devil dreams on an idle horse
so what could be worse than abandoning movement?
you never think that you’ll feel the remorse
a silent hearse is slowly beckoning
so shut your eyes and tell yourself
you’re singing praise, you’re safe from Hell
your hands are raised, your pastor tells
the congregation they’re saved
but last time i checked what’s contained in the word
it’s not enough to say “Lord, Lord”
but to do the will
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)
To me, worshiping God, and worshiping Jesus Christ, is more than just going to church. It’s more than just singing hymns. It’s more than raising your hands in a “Hallelujah!” or saying a memorized prayer. Worship is about who we are and what we do with ourselves, not simply what we say.
To hear the gospel of Jesus Christ is not enough. We cannot justify ourselves because we go to church every so often to sit and listen to a sermon or a lesson. We cannot justify ourselves because we sing a worship song with our hands raised over and over again. I speak as my own opinion, andinmy opinion, such so-called worship is shallow. It doesn’t amount to anything. It creates no progression within one’s soul. It does not deepen one’s understanding of God, or Jesus Christ, or the Holy Ghost. It does not help one to understand Christ’s atonement. It is not bad or evil by any means, but I feel that there is a better way.
Apply what you learn at your worship service. See how you can use it in your every day life. Make note of what you need to improve on. Pray and look for opportunities to progress as a follower of Christ and understand Him better.
As Paul states, “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” (Romans 2:13) Receiving the gospel means nothing if we do not live the gospel, using the principles that the Savior taught. Jesus Christ died, “leaving us an example, that [we] should follow his steps,” said the apostle Peter.
When Christ visited the inhabitants of the Americas, teaching them of salvation and eternal life, He said, “Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.” (3 Nephi 15:9)
We must endure to the end to receive eternal life.Enduringis certainly not idleness. It’s perseverance. It’s courage. It’s faith, love, and obedience. It’s awareness. It’s everything that involves a life of diligent seeking and diligent service. This life is our probationary state, as the Book of Mormon also teaches. We’re here to prepare to return to God again, so let us live our lives accordingly, not with our hands raised in idle worship, but raised in service and love.