Psalm 98:1,4-6 (GNT)
Sing a new song to the Lord; he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory. Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth; praise him with songs and shouts of joy! Sing praises to the Lord! Play music on the harps! Blow trumpets and horns, and shout for joy to the Lord, our king.
Todays Readings: click here – Isaiah 52:7-10 , Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-12
There are many conduits in which God speaks in and through us. Perhaps, you experience Him most through prayer, worship, service, music, or study, to name a few. Mine seems to be through music, especially full on ‘Soul Engaging’ worship. It all started with my very first experience at a Women’s retreat in 2003 as we sang the hymn Here I am Lord ! The tears came rushing in. I realize now, it was at that moment my heart opened to receive Jesus and follow him… Lord, Here I Am!
I wasn’t quite sure how this ‘Rebirth’ of life looked like, what I was supposed to do, how to act, to pray, to live, but I knew I was different – Born Again and Something In The Water. I started listening to Christian radio and buying worship CD’s. I really sensed God speaking to me through the lyrics of so many songs. In those early days of my faith walk, not knowing how to connect with God, but every time, the lyrics of songs filled my heart with just what I needed to feel, Jesus all around me – Just Give Me Jesus.
Sixteen years later, and countless lyrics still speak to my heart even when I don’t realize my heart needs speaking to. So often song lyrics pierce my heart, making a lasting impact and bring me to my knees. One day on a brisk morning walk I heard this song: Through Your Eyes Lyrics ‘You told me I had something beautiful inside, You brought to life the part of me I thought had died, ‘Cause you stood right there until I saw ME, I saw Me through YOUR eyes’ This song explained exactly how I felt when Jesus opened my heart and this song confirmed that When Mercy Found Me Lyrics ‘And in one moment everything changed, who I was got washed away, when mercy found me.’ Even Christmas was different as I heard each song like it was the first time, because before they were just words – my favorite Joy To the World !
Feeling beaten down in this falling world around us, I hear this song, We’re Almost Home Lyrics ‘Brother, it won’t be long, Soon all your burdens will be gone. With all your strength, Sister, run wild, run free. Hold up your head. Keep pressing on. We are almost home.’ These words shout out that Jesus is coming, to hold on, We ARE almost home.
The truth of knowing we are a child of God affirms through so many songs like this one Who You Say I Am Lyrics ‘Who the Son sets free, is free indeed, I am a child of God’. A favorite song by Crowder, Red Letters reminds me the freedom I have in Jesus.
Feeling unworthy of God’s love? There’s this song that confirms we are worthy… A God Who Stays Lyrics ‘You’re the God who stands with wide open arms and You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart, from the God who stays.’
And on and on the songs flood my mind, heart and soul with God’s truth How Can I Keep From Singing Lyrics ‘There is an endless song echoes in my soul, I hear the music ring.’
I encourage you, NO I challenge you to give it a try. Listen for one month to Christian radio/music whenever you are able. Listen to the words as God speaking to you, and you speaking to Him in prayer. Letting good STUFF fill you from the inside out allows God to weed out the fear, doubt, shame, unbelief, troubles and darkness to shine His light through us From The Inside Out. SING A NEW SONG, SING FOR JOY! Open your heart to hear and be near to the ONE who never lets go – You Never Let Go .
‘The Message’ on Sirius XM Radio’. ‘Christian Contemporary’ on Alexa.
Open the links (right click and open Hyperlink) for each song to hear God speak to you and be changed! I was!
Prayer: Lord, let my ears hear your words through the beautiful lyrics of worship music and as they point and lead me to know you more and awaken me to your presence, I will trust you are with me through the storms and valleys of life. Speak to me Lord through A NEW SONG and I will praise you. AMEN!