You saw me crying in the chapel
The tears I shed were tears of joy
I know the meaning of contentment
Now I am happy with the Lord
I return to Elvis this morning – unapologetically… at a time when the immediate future of churches and chapels is uncertain…
Life sometimes seems complicated and heavy. Elvis comes to the chapel simply and sincerely; in that sincerity he discovers joy and contentment. He realises that God is on his side.
Just a plain and simple chapel
Where humble people go to pray
I pray the Lord that I’ll grow stronger
As I live from day to day
He doesn’t come for a fancy service, music he likes or an encouraging sermon. He comes with humility and intent to a place where he can meet his God. Through prayer he finds God who gives him the security and strength he needs for each day.
I’ve searched and I’ve searched
But I couldn’t find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind
He has searched for alternatives, but realises that peace can only come from a super-human power that is greater than he is. He is content to discover and develop a dependency on God. This gives him renewed confidence.
Now I’m happy in the chapel
Where people are of one accord
We gather in the chapel
Just to sing and praise the Lord
Elvis’ purpose is to meet with and praise God; this simple focus on God unites him with others in a chapel community who gather united in that intent.
Musing on: ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. (Hebrews6:19) I think this is what Elvis was singing about.
Take your troubles to the chapel
Get down on your knees and pray
Your burdens will be lighter
And you’ll surely find the way