While it is not a good idea to develop our whole theology from songs, it has long been the practice of Christians to express their beliefs and ideals in music. The difficulty with this is that when people latch onto the tunes and the words, they build their belief systems on the songs instead of the foundational scripture behind the songs. Often songs have to use a less than ideal wording to fit into a pattern that can be set to music.  Because of this, theology that is based on music tends to be watered-down and shallow.

 

On the other hand, when musicians really want to develop a deep, meaningful song that truly expresses the ideas and ideals desired, the music becomes cumbersome and awkward. Still, we should give the song-writer credit for even attempting to express in a small way the faith that has grown so deep within them.

 

Having said this, one of the great hymn writers of Baptist life was B. B. McKinney. Here’s an example of one of his songs that addresses faith:

 

Have Faith in God

By B. B. McKinney

 

Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely.
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

 

Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered,
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the lord, trust His word and be patient,
Have faith in God.  He’ll answer yet.

 

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

 

Have faith in God though all else fall about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own:
He cannot fail though all kingdoms shall perish.
He rules.  He reigns upon His throne.

 

Refrain: 

Have faith in God, He’s on His throne,
Have faith in God, He watches over His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail,
Have faith in God, Have faith in God.
 

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