Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celebrate This Heartbeat



I have previously sung the praises of Randy Stonehill and in particular the Welcome to Paradise album of 1976. A recently performed Living Room Concert streamed live on Facebook reminded me of his 1984 album Celebrate This Heartbeat. The title song reminds us that every day is a gift from the Lord. I encourage you to enjoy the entire, two hour, Living Room Concert and to “look toward tomorrow cause the past is gone.” The lyrics of “Celebrate This Heartbeat” follow and you can listen to the song here.

I recently preached on 1Timothy 6:17-19 and was reminded of verse 19 that encourages us to “experience true life.” Stonehill says something similar when he says that he only wants “live the real thing.” I encourage us all to experience true life and live the real thing.

Celebrate This Heartbeat

I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
Cause it just might be my last
Every day is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast

I'm not shy, I won't hide
The happy way I feel inside
There's a love light shining down on me
And it's true, I can't lie
There is more to life than meets the eye
So I want to live each moment faithfully, yeah

I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
Cause it just might be my last
Every day is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast
So many people drifting in a dream
I only want to live the real thing
I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
And keep movin' on
Look toward tomorrow cause the past is gone

If I laugh, it's no crime
I've got great news on my mind
It's a hope that never fades way
Now I don't understand
All the mysteries of the master plan
But I'm sure the Master does
So that's okay, yeah

I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
Cause it just might be my last
Every day is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast
So many people drifting in the night
(Lonely people in the night)
I'm gonna keep the Morning Star in sight,
Alright
Celebrate this heartbeat and keep movin' on
Look toward tomorrow cause the past is gone

This world is in so much trouble
All of the sadness can break you down
But if you're ever going to change it
You must show them the love you've found

Hey now, every day is a gift from the Lord on high
And they all go by so fast
So many people drifting in a dream
(Find the life that love can bring)
I only want to live the real thing
I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat
And keep movin' on
Look toward tomorrow cause
The past is gone
I said the past is gone
Yeah, you know the past is gone
Oh yeah, oh, the past is gone
Movin' on

Written By Randy Stonehill
© Copyright 1984 by Stonehillian Music &
Word Music (a division of Word, Inc.)
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