I was lost.
I was riding in the car on the way to church for some activity, youth group probably, staring out the window at everything passing me by. I was tuning out the Christian radio station I thought was so cheesy and awful when some words softly drifted into my consciousness.
“God if You’re there, I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me.
I hope You don’t mind me asking the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough…”
(by Chris Rice, Big Enough)
By the time the chorus came around the third time, I was silently aching those words in a prayer to God. That “cheesy”, Christian sounding song was one of the most potent and powerful prayers of my life. Somehow, I knew the sing-praying connected me with God. Somehow, I knew He had heard me and He was close.
Many times since, music has been the physical avenue that leads my spirit into His presence. It’s a hard thing to explain or understand, the impact sound waves and words have on the soul.
Music — songs — lead me and encourage me in awareness of His presence. Maybe because these song-prayers are out loud, and my spirit is quickened when I realize what I’m saying to Him. He is teaching me to pray through song.
“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me– a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8
Music is spiritual. Potently spiritual.
I can hear a song I haven’t heard in a long time and WHAM! — memories and feelings come flooding in. So while I definitely don’t only listen to music about God (My Dad grew me up on Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel — the husband loves Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, and Fleetwood Mac — and the kids little school songs get stuck in my brain)– if the lyrics are worshiping someone else, my intake of those tunes will be limited.
I have learned I have a limited amount of what I call “brain space”. I need the thoughts rolling around in my conscious and subconscious to be words that direct my eyes towards His face.
I’ve also learned it is the lyrics I primarily latch on to. It doesn’t really bother me if the music is “low quality” or not my favorite style, which usually makes me blissfully able to worship in many situations that distract my musical-talent-loving husband. He hears things like base lines and drummers being slightly off-beat and bad harmony (that is probably coming out of my mouth. Sorry, dear!)
Like this song — not my favorite style honestly, but when I sing the lyrics, they cause me to think about how incredibly creative and powerful and massive God is. He leaves me in awe. This video is too good to not share! Jason likes it because of the part at the end with the orangutan.
And these verses? Really thinking about them makes me want to sing.
“LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” Psalm 8:1-2
Through praise — even children and infants can silence the enemy! This encourages me to consistently sing praise. Especially if I feel I’m getting a spiritual smack-down from I can’t understand where or why or what.
I know there is a lot more to music than singing — but since I’m not a musician, dancer, instrument-fabricator, composer or producer — singing is my primary overlap with the incredible gift of music.
So how about you? What role does music play in your life?
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Prompt for next Wednesday: Intimacy
P.S. Here are some of my other current-favorite songs to sing:
Jon Foreman — The House of God, Forever
Hillsong United — Oceans
Unspoken — Lift My Life Up