The phrase “still true” should be an oxymoron, since things that are true should need no further qualification. Nonetheless, I am somewhat agog at the things I know that are still true. The thing is when I first knew them there were in test mode like most of life and I didn’t know if they would remain true. It is therefore a comfort to look back on a swath of time and declare that some things you imagined in youth, are still alive and kicking.
Time has a funny way of presenting itself to you. My eldest daughter is almost as old now as we were as new parents. It made me realize how fast time flies. Then it occurred to me that if I add another twenty years to now I will be above eighty, a truly ripe old age. That is if I make it that far. This year has been a caveat in that regard that you can’t take your timeline for granted.
And so I find myself digging in and listening to worship songs that were current when I was a teen and just learning to play the guitar. Christian music was alive with artists and it was an exciting time to jettison all the old Church music and opt for something portable by which you could gather around a campfire, and also eyeball someone of he fairer sex you were hoping was glancing your way.
It was a funny age because we were balancing as teens trying to be cool and accepted by our peers while bridging something like a church youth group, whereby our bumpers in life were reigned in by parental expectations and hopes that we would continue nominally as part of the Body of Christ into adulthood and beyond.
We suffered from presentism, the disease of the young that imagines that with you comes all things good and that you are going to improve on the past. Thing is, the more time goes along, the more you end up opting for tried and true and if you are Christian that will include some of the great songs of faith that have sustained generations like Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, A Mighty Fortress is our God, etc etc. The greatest hits from the saints.
A lot of contemporary musicians have also struck a balance with this. I am now listening to Robin Mark singing “We Have an Anchor” and the words and music are washing over my like the balm of Gilead.
The thing for which I am grateful is to have had some of those seeds planted early on when I had no way of knowing if they could be true until tested. There have been a few twists in the road and I can attest to songs with titles like “My Redeemer is Faithful and True”. Songs like “More than Conquerers” and “We are Who you Say We Are” by Stephen Curtis Chapman draw from a deeper well, bolstering their truths with scripture and psalm.
How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news, Especially in song. And how happy I am forty years on to discover happily that it is all still true.