I heard the most beautiful song last weekend at the church retreat, where we studied the book of Zechariah. The song writer must have gone thru much suffering in life and in return, received many blessings from God, to write such a heart warming song. The first part of the chorus says, “Each blow I suffer, is true gain to me.”
The title of the song is “If Thou Failed To Crush The Olives”.
If Thou failed to crush the olives, precious oil can’t bestow. If the grapes escape the winepress, heavenly wine can never flow.
Time again I bow in shame Lord, when I am overcome with self. Heeding not my human feelings, only do what pleases thee.
The song writer ends with a prayer, “Thou increase and thy decrease, Lord.” It is also my prayer that I think less of myself, swallow my pride and be more God-like.