This is a song I made a while ago inspired completely by reading Psalm 130. It is a prayer of recognizing the mercy of God and longing for Him and desire to see Israel restored. It is something that I wish I’d pray more often. I hope you are blessed by it today.
“Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ Ephesians 5
“1Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” ~Psalm 96
I was driving home from work, feeling tired but also pretty content, glad to have my music for company. As I listened and sang, as is normal, I wished that I could share the music I listen to with other people, especially people who have never heard these artists. And, as is normal, my mind started coming up with different ways to do this, but I rarely act upon these plans because, hey, who really cares what I listen to? Sure, it encourages me, but most people who do hear my music can’t get past how different it sounds to them.
On this evening, as my mind tried to come up with a plan again, I remembered what a coworker had said to me just that week: “You must have lived under a rock!” or something of that nature. He’d said it because a song had come on the radio as we were cleaning and I didn’t know who the artist was, or the song for that matter. Honestly, I probably did live a sheltered life compared to most people, at least in regards to music. My family never listened to the radio; it was either styles we didn’t like or it all sounded the same. So instead I grew up listening to music that mom and dad listened to, and I had no idea what was ‘popular’ or what wasn’t, and I didn’t really care. There was Steve Taylor, Newsboys (with Peter Furler), Larry Norman, Bride, dc talk, The Choir, The Lost Dogs, Swirling Eddies, Caedmon’s Call, Switchfoot, Plumb, the 77’s, Adam Again, The W’s, Third Day, Margret Becker, and Charlie Peacock just to name a few. Some of these you’ve probably heard of, some are long gone, and others perhaps are new to you.
Anyway, being accused of living under a rock because of music didn’t bother me. In fact it made me a little proud, and it inspired me. It made me ask the question, “What does it sound like living under a rock?” or at least my rock. And the first song that came into my head that matched that question is Larry Norman’s ‘Rock that Doesn’t Roll’. Yeah, I know, pretty dusty under this rock.
That song is energetic and should be encouraging to any Christian—Christ is our solid rock that will stay with us forever, forever unchanging!
So yes, I live under a rock. But my music is largely what made me who I am today and, no matter how old or strange, God is constantly encouraging me or reprimanding me through it all the time. I wanted to share two more songs with you, both of which are encouraging to me. The first is by The Choir, one of their newer songs that encourages me that I am never alone, we are never alone, even in the darkest or most despairing of places. And then the last song is Caedmon’s Call ‘Hope to Carry On’. I hope both encourage your heart today!
So what songs are a part of your life that encourage you?
How God blessed me with music today. How did He bless you?
1Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. 3He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
7Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 8Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity. ~Psalm 98
There are days when my soul just needs to be lifted up. Sometimes I’m so full of happiness that I need something to direct my mouth, to help me express what my heart feels. Sometimes I’m weighed down by responsibilities or stress or sorrow and I need to hear music that connects to me, telling me I’m not alone or wrong to feel this way but there’s is hope. There is always hope to be had.
Today music served both purposes for me. I woke up feeling very happy, which was surprising because I’d had a stressful day at work yesterday. I took a much needed shower and hummed a tune that I couldn’t remember the words to and ended up singing Saved by Third Day (Offerings: A Worship Album).
And then I found out I had lost something that wasn’t mine. I felt my heart drop and my mind go a million miles an hour, trying my hardest to figure out what could have happened with it. I felt down, I just wanted to bury my depression with computer games, to just not think about it. But God was merciful; I believe He sent me the answer and thus I am no longer a burden. But still the after affects of stress are weighing down on me. I want to do nothing and think nothing. I still feel a little down. So I put on the album City On A Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise. Hearing these songs makes me want to sing worship songs to God and share His joy with the world. I guess I’ll be happy enough to share it here 🙂
I am very thankful for music today. Has music been a part of your day too? How has God blessed you today?