Behind the Song: Consider the lilies

There are times when it is so easy to worry about whatever concerns or issues are going on in our lives.

Joel Hemphill wrote Consider the Lilies

Joel Hemphill wrote Consider the Lilies

However, true faith is turning it over to God and not worrying any longer about it. I have to admit that I’m guilty of worrying, although I continue to strive to turn it over to God. There are times when it is hard not to worry.

This reminds me of a song I have performed since childhood.

The song is based on words of Jesus, recorded in two pieces of scripture.

Consider the Lilies

We have a Heavenly Father above, With eyes so full of mercy And a heart full of love. He really cares when your head is bowed low. Consider the lilies and then you will know.

Luke 12:27 says, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”

While, Matthew 6:28 records Jesus saying, “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing.”

Consider the Lilies was written by Joel Hemphill in 1977. The Hemphills recorded and released the song, which became a huge hit.

I especially love the chorus, which talks about our heavenly father, with eyes of mercy and a heart of love. The chorus ends by reminding us that God cares, to bow our heads and consider the lillies while we remember His promise.

Do you worry about today or consider the lillies?


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