Do you pay attention to the words of the songs you listen to?
Back when I was a young teenager, I didn't pay much attention to the lyrics of songs. I was having too much fun dancing to the drum beats!
One day, while in the church parking lot before services, I was listening to a song and swaying to the music. My boyfriend (now wonderful husband) said, ” Have you listened to the words of the song? Do you know what he's saying?”
Until then, I hadn't paid much attention. It was just a fun dancing to the song. But I stopped and listened. Oh my goodness! This man, singing this song, was talking about something I had no business listening to then or now. I learned a good lesson that day.Every song has a message. Listen carefully and choose wisely.
For the most part, I now listen to Contemporary Christian music. I'm convinced God uses these songs to constantly help people through their day.
Last year, when we lost the babies to miscarriages, my heart grieved so much. It hurt so much. It didn't seem possible. This had never happened to me. I have had four healthy babies. I have a wonderful life. Everything is suppose to be perfect. I needed somebody to understand. I longed for somebody to talk to. However, nobody really knew what to say or do. Some tried, but the only real comfort can come from God.
As I have quoted to you many times, even though it seemed like it at first, God never left me nor had he forsaken me, (Deuteronomy 31:8), and some how I held on to promises from Romans 8:
“And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:27-28 (NIV)
It was slow at first, but throughout this last year, and especially through the writings of these daily devotions, God has recalled Scripture to my memory to remind me He is here and He does love me and He knows the desires of my heart.
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4 (NIV)
When I was a child, I learned the pledge to the Bible.
” I pledge allegiance to the Bible. God's Holy Word and will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path and will hide it's words in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”
A few years ago, my family and I were introduced to AWANA, a child's ministry based on learning the Word of God. At the time, I did not see the importance of memorizing so much scripture. However, I have heard many testimonials from adults, who were once children in AWANA programs, who now say that in their time of need, they can readily recall scripture they learned in AWANA, for they have hidden God's Word in their heart. I now see and understand the importance of reading, learning and memorizing scripture.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Unlike Bible times, when God met with Moses and talked with him in person, I know of no one who can truly say, ” God spoke to me today.” Not in physical appearance and person that is. I do firmly believe that God speaks to us in many forms on a daily basis: through scripture, through our prayers, through songs and yes, even sometimes through conversations with friends, family and perfect strangers he sends in our midst. God has His ways of getting His messages across just when we need them.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV)
This is my faith statement. I do believe in God and that He sent His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross to pay for my sins. Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Yet God/Jesus/ Holy Spirit, the Trinity, is omnipresent, God is always with us, and in times of need, He does send his messages of love to us in any form that will get the message across: scripture, song, books, media or interaction with people. Be watchful and open to idea that perhaps God is talking to you today.
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts…” Psalm 95:6-8a
May His Words and His messages comfort you in your time of need.