Songs That Marked My Life

Songs That Marked My Life

Philip Stephens

As believers, we all have songs that have marked our spiritual journey. Good examples are songs sung at a baptism service, wedding, funeral, or a service where we made a significant decision. Personally, I could list many examples, but I’m reminded of the very first solo I sang at around age eight or nine. The title was “Life’s Railway to Heaven.” Here is the first verse and chorus:

 Life is like a mountain railroad
 With an engineer that’s brave
 We must make the run successful
 From the cradle to the grave
 Watch the curves the fills the tunnels
 Never falter never quail
 Keep your hand upon the throttle
 And your eye upon the rail

Chorus
 Blessed Savior Thou wilt guide us
 Till we reach that blissful shore
 Where the angels wait to join us
 In Thy praise forevermore

I recall that I got up in front of our huge (actually small rural) church on a Sunday night to sing. My older sister was going to play the piano for me, she looked at me and smiled, and I promptly burst into tears. I eventually sang that solo and in spite of the song’s great message, I never sang it again and in fact, I rarely think of it. I’m not sure where my mother found it since it was certainly not in the Baptist hymnal. When writing this article, I went online to make sure I had the correct text. I was amazed to see the large number of well-known recording artists that had recorded this song. Little did I know that I was in such good company!

Well, this story is just one that could be told of how God shows His faithfulness through His
music and through our experiences with Him. As we relive these experiences, we are encouraged and strengthened in our walk with the Lord. May our daily lives exhibit Christ’s song in our hearts.

He has put a new song in my mouth-praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. ~ Psalm 40:3

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