Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sunday Music Time

LEAN ON ME  Bill Withers, 1972

The song Lean On Me has never been considered a gospel nor a church song but in many ways it should be.  The lyrics, which are included, offer many truths about needing someone to lean on.
The Psalmist David  understood the need for someone to lean on and offered several verses saying that he, even though a mighty man and a king, would lean on the Lord God Almighty.

Psalm 13:5 Amplified Bible
But I have trusted, leaned on, and been confident in Your mercy and loving-kindness; my heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation.

Psalm 9:9-11 (Amplified Bible)
The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).
10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God's Word and the right of their necessity].

Psalm 143:8 Amplified Bible
Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.

Perhaps from the words of this song by Bill Withers, written in 1972,  and from the words of David in the Psalms you can find "a friend" that you can lean on no matter what the circumstances, 'cause we all need somebody to lean on.   I know that for the past several weeks I certainly have and I know that He can be the trusted Friend to Lean On. 

In Matthew 11: 28  He invites us to lean on Him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


Z said...

what a great connection ...from an R&B song to a gospel song; I couldn't agree more, what could be MORE about GOD than LEANING ON HIM?
And boy, do we know how THAT HELPS, right?
THanks, Ticker, that's inspiring! xx

Fred said...

Ticker. memories precious mwmories of my Mom, a voracious Bible reader, huddled by the big Zenith radio in Knoxville, TN circa 1938-1946 listening to Charles Fuller's

Old Fashioned Revival Hour

while she sang along when they played
Heavenly Sunshine

Fred G.

Always On Watch said...

I well remember this song as one that played frequently on the radio of my car.

Human friends fail us. Our One True Friend does not.

Chuck said...

I have a bit of a different memory of this song.

I grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood in Flint, MI in the early 70's. At that time and in that school, the Motown sound was huge. I still have a affinity for this music.

We sang this song at our Kindergarten graduation.

I think the words of the song have a very good meaning. You occasionally run across a song like this where they got it right. (Instead of "Baby hit me one more time" as an example)

Ticker said...

Thanks all for your comments.

Z your words of encouragement are always just "in time".

Fred, I remember the program as well and my grandmother listening to them as well. Heavenly Sunshine was always one of my favorite songs as a kid.

AOW, So correct, human friends may fail us, but He never will.

Chuck, absolutely much better than what is called music today. Much of Motown music sound had it roots in the Black Churches .