"SHOWERS OF BLESSING"
"…There shall be showers of blessing" (Ezek. 34.26)
INTRO.: A hymn which points out that we can pray to God because He promises to rain His benefits down upon us is "Showers of Blessing." The text was written under the pseudonym "El Nathan" by Daniel Webster Whittle (1840-1901). The tune (Showers) was composed by James McGranahan (1840-1907). The song was first published in the 1883 Gospel Hymns No. 4 edited by Ira David Sankey (1840-1908). Other well-known Whittle-McGranahan collaborations that have been included in our books are "I Know Whom I Have Believed" and "There’s A Royal Banner." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "Showers of Blessing" appeared in the 1921 Great Songs of the Church (No. 1) and the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 both edited by E. L. Jorgenson; and the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2 edited by L. O. Sanderson. Today, it may be found in the 1971 Songs of the Church, the 1990 Songs of the Church 21st C. Ed., and the 1994 Songs of Faith and Praise all edited by Alton H. Howard.
The songs talks about asking God to send His showers of blessing down upon His people.
I. Stanza 1 mentions trusting God’s promise
"’There shall be showers of blessing;’ This is the promise of love.
There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above."
A. God has made many exceedingly great and precious promises to us: 2 Pet. 1.4
B. One of those promises is seasons of refreshing that the inner man might be renewed day by day: 2 Cor. 4.16
C. Like every other good and perfect gift, these seasons of refreshing come down from above: Jas. 1.17
II. Stanza 2 mentions seeking God’s revival
"’There shall be showers of blessing:’ Precious, reviving again,
Over the hills and the valleys, Sound of abundance of rain."
A. Just as rain revives a dry and thirsty land, if we look to the Lord, He will send that which will revive us whenever we become weary and faint: Ps. 85.6, Hab. 3.2
B. God made the same kind of promise to the children of Israel regarding Canaan, that if they were faithful it would be a land of hills and valleys that drank in the rain: Deut. 11.11
C. Therefore, we look to the Lord to send the rain of revival just as Elijah looked to Him for an abundance of rain: 2 Ki. 18.41
III. Stanza 3 mentions looking for God’s refreshing
"’There shall be showers of blessing:’ Send them upon us, O Lord!
Grant to us now a refreshing; Come, and now honor Thy word!"
A. As God sends the rain and snow to water the earth, so He sends refreshing upon His people through His word: Isa. 55.10-11
B. He has promised that when we repent and are converted, times of refreshing will come: Acts 3.19
C. And we can trust that if we do our part God will honor His word by keeping His promises: Heb. 6.13-15
IV. Stanza 4 mentions confessing to God
"’There shall be showers of blessing:’ O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!"
A. If we want God to rain His blessings down on us today, then we need to make sure that we are hearing His voice and doing His will today: Heb. 3.15
B. This hearkening to God involves confessing our sins to Him: 1 Jn. 1.9
C. It also involves calling upon the name of the Lord: Acts 2.21, 22.16
V. Stanza 5 mentions the need to obey God
"’There shall be showers of blessing,’ If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing, When we let Him have His way."
A. Yes, God has promised to bless us, but to receive the richest of His blessings we must obey Him: Heb. 5.8-9
B. Those who obey Him can have seasons of refeshing that they might walk in newness of life: Rom. 6.3-4
C. But again, this is true only for those who let Him have His way by submitting to the Lord: Jas. 4.7
CONCL.: The chorus reminds us that God has promised to shower the faithful with His blessings.
"Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead."
Some have objected to this song by saying that the text upon which it is based has nothing to do with what the song is talking about. I must be honest and say that I have no idea what such an objection really means. Others have objected to it saying that it sounds selfish. We have God’s "mercy drops" but we greedily ask for more by wanting "showers." However, the fact is that God’s "mercy drops" fall upon all mankind, his sun to rise on the evil and the good and his rain to fall on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5.45). However, those who are in Christ have access to all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1.3). Therefore, I can see nothing unscriptural in asking that God send His people "Showers of Blessing."