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I shall not be moved.

Psalm 1:1-3

I can remember back when I was a little girl and attending church with my grandparents– one of my favorite songs to sing at worship time was I shall not be moved. My grandparents were pretty involved in the church at that time, my grandpa even sang in the church choir. I am pretty sure that had a lot do with why we often sang that song when I was at church with them.

It was a beautiful old Baptist church, in a small rural town. When you walked into the sanctuary you were greeted with big beautiful stained glass windows on both sides, a giant cross behind where the preacher stood, and pews lined both sides equipped with hymnals, Bibles, and offering envelopes. I loved how at home, warm, and welcoming the church was.

When it was time to start the preacher would greet everyone good morning– go over birthdays and anniversaries of those in the church (this was fun because we got to sing a fun song for them as well!)– encourage the congregation to greet each other– and then it was time to find our seats to start praise and worship.

As a kid I stood there, next to grandma, hymnal in hand, ready to go. Thinking and praying to myself “Please sing my song, Please sing my song.” Almost every time– open to page 181 and join us in singing….. I shall not be moved.

“Yes!!!!” I thought to myself.

I shall not, I shall not be moved
I shall not, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Oh preacher, I shall not be moved
Oh preacher, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m sanctified and holy, I shall not be moved
Sanctified and holy, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Now that takes me back.. I sure do miss my grandparents a whole lot, but I do hope I make them proud– I like to think I do. It was their roots and little seeds planted in my mind, at that church, in a small town that has brought me to where I am today in my walk with Christ. In fact, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in that church one Sunday many years ago.

As a child I didn’t even realize the power behind what I was singing out to God. The words in the song are just as the Bible explains to us in Psalm 1:1-3. If you stand with God and plant yourself upon His rock where your roots run deep into His word and the Truth– nothing can bring you down. Just like a massive tree you see planted next to a stream– no wind, no storm, no rain, no season will bring it down. Your roots will be so deep in the truth that no trial or tribulation will break you because you know you belong to God and He does not fail and is always, ALWAYS there to defend His children.

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