PrimeTime Devotional


Isaac Watts in the year 1690 as a teenager wrote the hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.  He went on to write , Joy to the World, a hymn he claimed was an attempt to put Psalms 98 to music.  Over the nearly 60 years of his life, Watt's wrote 750 hymns.  A contemporary arrangement of the hymn by Chris Tomlin declares:


When I survey the wondrous Cross

On which the Prince of Glory died

My richest gain, I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride


See from His head, His hands, His feet

Sorrow and love flow mingled down

Did ever such love and sorrow meet?

Or thorns compose, so rich a crown


Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross

Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live


Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross

All who gather here by grace, draw near and bless Your name.


God knows that we are creatures of habits and often fall into ruts.  We mindlessly repeat words of songs we know well, with out giving much thought to their meanings.  


God does not desire mindless worship, but worshippers who are engaged and tuned in to His word.  

Jesus told the woman at the well that God was looking for those who would worship in "spirit and truth." (John 4:23).  


God wants us to engage our minds as well as our hearts , singing to him songs that are true to our personality.  


Lord....we want to worship you with our hearts, mouths, and actions this day.  Give us a new song to sing to You!



Grace and Peace, 


David Mahfouz, D. Min.