Music: Dusty Rock

“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?

The Gift of Music

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

Music.

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?

Encouragement

I went to see a concert last night, The Choir and Mike Roe.  They were amazing, as usual, but I can never bring up the courage to speak to them, and when opportunity knocks my mind goes numb and I have no idea what I want to say.  I wish I could tell them that they encourage me and I wish I could encourage them.  So this is my attempt to do that, God willing.

I saw you there

With your unkempt hair

Lights reflected on your blank stare

I could not see

.

I saw you there

With a beard and a glare

Off of your crown

Your eyes closed

.

I saw you there

With your eyes wide open

A smile and a kind word

You’ve always spoken

.

I saw you there

With long flowing hair

Bending your head

Your eyes I cannot see

.

All of you have

Been an inspiration

To family and me

Musically

You’ve encouraged our hearts

To keep on moving

Onward, Christian, onward

.

You’ve been

An inspiration to my heart

Musically, lyrically, and honestly

Spiritually

I see Him shining

In your words

In your souls as

You weave together

Songs of honesty

Songs of grace and mercy

Of how you felt when

Love spurned

But your holding on

.

I wish I could

Encourage you now

Hope you could see the light

On the other side

Remember God

He’s never far from your side

He’s sanctifying you

Making you

Into the glorious image

Of His Son

.

Be encouraged

Sons of the LORD

He’s abandoned

None of His own

Mercy will prevail even now

Suffering teaches more

Than just know how

Love is more than a feeling

And joy is not fleeting

Though the world drains

Our lives away

Our souls cry out for

The Living God

.

Be encouraged

The LORD has not

Forgotten you

Hold on tight

Live today

With silver pearls

And tomorrow will be new

One day tomorrow

Will be the Day

When sorrow ceases

And glory is revealed

You’ll see the One

You’ve hoped in so long

Face to face

Eternal love and grace

What joy will fill

Our hearts that day!

What joy will fill yours?

.

Be encouraged

Know the LORD more

Every day

Eternal life is in the knowing

And this I pray

Your safety in traveling

And your joy complete

In the knowing

Of our God

~

Passages thought of during the making of this were:

Galatians 6:6

James 1:2-4

Revelation 21

Romans 8:18-19, 28-30

John 17:3, 13-26

John 15:13-17

~

Mike Roe

~

The Choir

The Sound of Heaven

“1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”” ~Revelation 21

~

I hear the songs of birds

That fill the air with beauty

And I feel the peace

Flow over me

And I think to myself

Is this what Heaven

Will sound like?

.

Heaven

That place of beauty

That place of peace

That place of joy

There are no troubles

There are no tears

The old things

Would have passed far away

And best of all

Sin will have no place near me

Anxiety won’t be constantly

Whispering in my ear

And there’ll be Jesus

With a crown on His head

And I know joy

Will wash over me

.

Oh to wear a crown

On my forehead

To not keep for me

I’ll kneel down

And cast it down

At my Savior’s feet

My voice will lift up in song

Like that of these birds’ now

And I’ll ever praise my King

And after me

There’ll be angels–

Thousands and thousands–

To sing praises in glory

Oh, Glory to God!

Glory to Him!

.

As I hear the songs

Of God’s birds

That fill the air with beauty

And I feel God’s peace

Flow over me

I can’t help

But think to myself

Is this what Heaven,

What paradise with the King,

Will sound like?

~

“6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

because you were slain,

and with your blood you purchased for God

persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,

and they will reign on the earth.”

11Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”

13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise and honor and glory and power,

forever and ever!”

14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” ~ Revelation 5

What do you look forward to in Heaven?  Comment below!