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How to Use Hymns to Pray

Music Notes

by Janis Cox

There are many times that I find myself humming a hymn or praise song. Or I am reading a passage of Scripture and a song comes to mind. I sing it right then as a prayer to God.

This past month this has happened many times. One day I read this passage from Oswald Chambers:

Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 19).

The fact that God cares for us is the name of my blog/website – He Cares for You. Based on 1 Peter 5:7.

Cast all your anxieties upon him because he cares for you.

So what song came to me?

Safe and secure from all alarms.

Where did that come from? A hymn of course. And remember this verse from Mark 13:7, NIV.

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

We remain safe and secure – He cares for you.
Don’t worry. Give everything to Him in prayer. (Tweet this.)


Father we pray for those who feel alarmed with health issues, family problems, world situations or personal problems. We ask You to pour out Your Spirit upon them. Help them to know You in a personal way, Jesus. Remind them that we are safe and secure from all alarms. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Here is the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. I hope you enjoy listening and singing with it in prayer.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.


What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

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Five Minute Friday – Song

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:



I think it is wonderful that I know so many worship songs now. Over the past 10 years since I came to really know Jesus and attended a church with the new music I feel closer to knowing the Bible through music.

When I read a passage in the Bible – particularly a Psalm – I immediately say – oh I know that from this song. I have music notes throughout my Bible to tell me that I knew that Scripture through music.

As a child I learned the Lord’s Prayer through music (and rote). But I love singing it. And the Lord’s My Shepherd.

One of the first Bible verse I learned (except those as a child) was Trust in the Lord with All your Heart. It happened when I helped lead my first VBS (Vacation Bible School). I loved it. Then John 3:16 in song.

Music makes words come alive to me. I remember my sister and I talking – then all of a sudden one word would hit us and we would start to sing. We still do that when we are together.

Time’s up – But I do love music. And I learn from it, too.

Here are the words to Shout to the Lord: based on Psalm 92:4.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King;
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name.
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand,
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.

Here is Chris Tomlin singing Shout to the Lord.

What do you think of when you hear the word “SONG”?

Have a great weekend,



Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.


Wednesday’s Word – Rock

Rock - Psalm 18

Picture taken in Czech Republic

Sometimes I wonder how I get the energy to do all that I do – then I remember, God does it. I rest in Him. He is my Rock.

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2, NIV).

So many times I feel like I am slipping – with tiredness, with lack of focus, and sometimes just in a fog. Then I remember – He is my Rock. And I say to myself:

He set my feet upon a Rock. I can stand up;
I can stand firm; I will not fall.
(Tweet this)

Sarah Young in Jesus Calling says this:

“To get your mind back in gear, just turn toward Me, bringing yourself and your problems into My Presence” (April 9).

When the going gets tough I realize I have slipped off that rock and I must conscientiously climb back up – focus on Jesus and let Him do the rest.

And I love the song Jesus is the Rock of my salvation, His Banner over Me is love by the Cedarmont Kids.

Look at the leading words to each verse:

The Lord is mine and I am His

He brought me to His banqueting table

He lifted me up into heavenly places

He is the vine and we are the branches

Jesus is the Rock of my salvation

There’s one way to peace through the power of the cross

And a final Scripture that sums it up:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

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May Jesus be our Rock for the coming week.

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