Last Minute First Fruit Offering
I wasn’t going to do an Unadorned Trumpet Hymn this week, but this one popped up when I was writing the recent blog post about my This Is the Day trumpet quartet composition. And, as I’ve told you in other posts, I do these Unadorned Trumpet Hymns as first fruit offerings.
Lat this week I had a last minute idea for a video (America the Beautiful) and ended up doing this hymn as the first fruit offering before making that video.
That’s what a first fruit offering is to me.
Here’s the thing, I may be getting this all wrong. Maybe, according to old testament law, maybe this is not really a first fruit offering. Maybe I’m getting it all wrong, saying it wrong…doing it wrong.
You know what?
I don’t care!
I’m not doing this because some law somewhere says I must. That would be legalism and I don’t want to be legalistic in how I exercise my faith.
No, I am doing this as a gift to God because this is what I WANT to do as a gift to God.
Daniel 3:18 Even If He Doesn’t…
This reminds me of a Bible verse I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It’s about the three Israelites who Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw into a furnace because they refuse to bow and worship his gods.
Now, I had read that verse many times over before I noticed what they say at Daniel 3:18. They had just explained that they believed God would save them if they were thrown into the furnace. But they followed that up with this very interesting and powerful statement:
"But even if He does not..."
They are telling the man who would burn them alive if they don’t worship his gods that even if God does NOT save them, the WILL NOT worship Nebuchadnezzar’s gods.
Even if God doesn’t deliver them from the fiery furnace, they will not bow to the false gods.
You see, it wouldn’t matter to me if you had 100 different explanations to say that what I’m doing is not Biblical. This is what’s on my heart. This is my heart’s desire. This, what I call my first fruits offering, is not all that I try to do for Him, but it’s a big part of what I choose to do…because I want to.
Work Life Falling Appart?
Of course, what I just wrote sounds like it contradicts what I wrote for the last Unadorned Trumpet Hymn. In that post I told you that I was starting back up again because my work life was falling apart. So let me spend a little time clarifying the contradiction.
It was never my intention to stop doing these first fruit offerings. The original plan was to replace the Unadorned Trumpet Hymns with some other project.
The Unadorned Trumpet Hymns are not the only first fruit offering I do. There is a much bigger first fruit offering that I do almost every day. The first (and best) work time of each day is time I give to God. I call that time each morning my “ministry time”. But there are other first fruit projects that I do besides these.
So I really didn’t think it was a big deal to stop doing the Unadorned Trumpet Hymns because I was already doing so much other first fruits stuff.
But when I stopped doing the Unadorned Trumpet Hymns (for only about a month), I didn’t immediately replace them with something else. And I think that’s what made me uncomfortable.
I don’t want to only record hymns for these first fruit recordings. But if I don’t have anything else to record that way, then I will continue to record the hymns. And right now, I’m not coming up with any other ideas.
I will continue to offer first fruit recordings, because that’s what is on my heart. And for as long a I don’t have other projects to do in place of the hymns, I will continue to record the hymns.
I hope this all makes sense.
This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made
I don’t have much to say about this hymn specifically, the way I have in the past with other hymns. To tell you the truth, this was such a last minute thing that I didn’t have time to do much of the work that I typically invest into the hymns (yes, each of these hymn videos takes several hours to make). So let me just post the lyrics here and get the rest of my day started. 🙂
This is the day the Lord hath made;
He calls the hours His own;
let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad,
and praise surround the throne.
Today he rose and left the dead,
and Satan’s empire fell;
today the saints His triumphs spread,
and all His wonders tell.
Hosanna to th’anointed King,
to David’s holy Son.
help us, O LORD, descend and bring
salvation from Your throne.
Blest be the Lord, who comes to us
with messages of grace;
who comes, in God His Father’s name,
to save our sinful race.