Posted on September 14, 2013
It’s been a long time since I’ve run with my ear buds … so long that my play list, which my children labeled “outdated” when I created it, is now “ancient”. I think I’ll take those vintage tunes with me on my next solo run. Listening to music sometimes makes me run faster, and when the beat’s in sync with my pace, it feels more like floating than pounding the pavement.
David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brethren as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 1 Chronicles 15:16
In David’s preparations for the Levites’ delivery of the Ark of God to Jerusalem, like all good directors, he commissioned a soundtrack to accompany the scene. Music is powerful. It lifts our hearts, makes us cry, and causes us to smile, cheer, swell with emotion, and bang our heads every once in a while. Some music stirs treasured memories. The sound of my children practicing piano makes me feel at home, Sinatra reminds me of my father-in-law (one of Old Blue Eye’s biggest fans), and 80’s songs yank me back to terribly big hair and unfortunate outfits. Something with such power can – and should – be used for great good. Music is one of the many ways God speaks to us – through children’s songs of praise, church hymns, camp songs, symphonies, unplugged guitars, and all types of music on the radio. Because I often struggle to find His voice in my life, it seems prudent to open as many lines of communication as possible. Does the music I play let in His voice? Does it let in His voice for my children and others around me? I love all types of music, and I want our children to appreciate all types of genres. But, I want to expose my family to more than just the popular songs on mainstream radio stations. Classics such as “Jesus Love Me” and “This Little Gospel Light of Mine” would do everyone great good daily, but they don’t come naturally unless you have a preschooler in your home. If you’re searching for God’s voice, open your heart to the music at church or check out a Christian radio station. Don’t be afraid – there is great Christian music out there, and some songs have drums and a good beat. The next time we sing a hymn, listen to a vocalist or choir at church, or hear a Christian song on the radio, let’s really listen. God might be playing our tune, answering one of our pleas. Turn it up.
Dear God, thank you for the gift of music and song. Help us hear Your voice in their sounds.