“Showers”

“SHOWERS”
“…So the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain…” (Zech. 10:1)

     INTRO.: A song which expresses the desire that the Lord would send us His blessings as showers of rain is “Showers.” The text was written and the tune was composed both by Grant Colfax Tullar (1869-1950). This song is somewhat unusual in that Tullar was primarily a musician who did not normally write poetry but more often provided melodies for the words of others. The song was copyrighted in 1931. A couple of other hymns for which Tullar did both text and tune were “Beauty For Ashes” and “Savior Divine, Dwell in My Heart,” both copyrighted in 1948 by the Gospel Advocate. He also composed tunes for Carrie Breck’s “Face to Face,” “Nailed to the Cross,” and “Shall I Crucify My Savior?”, as well as S. C. Kirk’s “Our Best,” and he harmonized Joseph Peek’s melody for Howard Walter’s “I Would Be True.” Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century, “Showers” appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.

     The song identifies several concepts related to the blessings that God showers on us.

I. Stanza 1 says that we should pray for them
“Oh (O), that the Master would send us Showers of blessings today.
Oh, that on us they were falling; For this we earnestly pray.”
 A. Jesus is the Master: Lk. 8:24
 B. Therefore, He is the one to whom we should look to send showers of blessing: Ezek. 24:36
 C. He told us that if we ask anything in His name, He will see that it is done: Jn. 14:13

II. Stanza 2 says that we shall find them rich and refreshing
“Send on us now, blessed Master, Blessings beyond our recall,
Blessings so rich and refreshing; Oh, that today they might fall.”’
 A. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ: Eph. 1:3
 B. These blessings bring about a time of refreshing: Acts 3:19
 C. And understanding that these blessings are conditional, we should strive to meet the conditions now knowing that today is the day of salvation: 2 Cor. 6:2

III. Stanza 3 says that they come to us from heaven
“Open the windows of heaven; Showers of grace now bestow.
Make us more worthy and willing Thy richest blessing to know.”
 A. The prophets pictured God as opening the windows of heaven to pour out His blessings: Mal. 3:10
 B. These showers of blessings are the result of God’s grace: Jn. 1:16-17
 C. Of course, the richest of all these blessings is the gift of His Son: 2 Cor. 9:15

IV. Stanza 4 says that we should share them with others
“Send us forth, Lord, unto others, Joyfully then to impart
All that to us Thou hast given, Showers to bless every heart.”
 A. Like Isaiah, we should be willing to say, “Send me”: Isa. 6:8
 B. We impart these blessings that God has given to us by preaching the word: Acts 8:4
 C. It is God’s will that these showers bless every heart as the gospel is preached to every creature: Mk. 16:15

     CONCL.: The chorus continues to ask for the showers of blessing to fall on each of us.
“Showers—falling on you! Showers—falling on me!
Oh, that the Master would grant us Showers of blessing to see.”
We recognize that the earth needs showers of rain in order for crops to grow and for life on earth have the water that it needs to continue. In like manner, we should look to the Lord to bestow His richest blessings upon us as we seek to conform to His will and wait for His “Showers.”

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