I don't know about you but music is a lifeline for me! I can't not have it.
When I'm feeling sad.
When I'm feeling afraid.
When I'm feeling stressed.
When I'm feeling loved.
When I'm feeling joy.
When I'm feeling overwhelmed with any emotion, good or bad.
There's always a song.
A song to lift me.
A song to calm me.
A song to free me.
A song to celebrate with me.
There is power in music. The Bible actually has quite a lot to say about music and songs. The beginning of Psalm 81 says:
"Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
2 Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our feast day."
If you've hear the song Honey in the Rock by Brooke Ligertwood then you may have already looked up this scripture.
"There’s honey in the rock
Water in the stone
Manna on the ground
No matter where I go I don’t need to worry
Now that I know
Everything I need You’ve got
There’s honey in the rock"
I don't know the story behind this song, if this is the scripture it actually came from or not. But what I do know is that in a season of uncertainty, fear, and overwhelm this song has comforted me.
So I looked up scripture and found Psalm 81. As I read what I thought would be a wonderful celebration of all that God had done I was heartbroken and convicted as I read about how easily people turned away from God's provision to follow their own wisdom. (which we know is no wisdom at all.)
“But my people did not listen to my voice;
Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
to follow their own counsels."
But how many times do we do that?
With how we react to our children. With job decisions. With who we confide in. With what we watch or read or listen to. With what we put into our bodies. With how we spend our money. With how we use our time. With every breath we breathe.
I know I am guilty of it. But the rest of this scripture says:
"13 Oh, that my people would listen to me,
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him,
and their fate would last forever.
16 But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
So today I ask us, in what ways do we need to listen to the Lord? What areas do we need to surrender back to Him?
Let’s talk about this on the forum!
And I want to remind us, sing and shout! If we don't forget about everything God has done for us, then we are more likely to keep our ears tuned to His voice!
We have a new shirt in the store! Make sure to check it out!