Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Our lives are like a song before God, an offering of our stories glorifying Him.
Scripture of the Day:
1 Peter 3:14-15
14 “But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. 15 But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.”
I’ve heard it said that music is food for the soul. Songs define the themes of our lives and speak into our lives. Whether or not we are a musician or a songwriter, all of life has music behind the scenes. Sometimes to inspire, other times to console or encourage us to just keep going. Sure would be nice if we could have an inspiring backing track provided when we need it in the challenging, mundane or exhilarating life experiences. But maybe we make a song of our own, instead.
Wednesdays I am typically reading in the Psalms. One of my favorite books to read in the Bible, because I love David’s honesty and His love for God. He wrote songs to express his thoughts to God, and that is close to my heart, too, since I am a singer/songwriter/worship leader. So I thought I would invite you into the songwriting process with me today. I am writing a song about God alone being on the throne of our hearts.
David’s lyrics were so practical and so real. He was being hunted down. Images of him running through a wasteland with a harp singing something like, “They stalk and lurk; they watch my every step, as they prepare to take my life” (Psalm 56:6), make me smile. I can almost hear the intensity of the melody – the word “life” would be the highest pitch and held out long to demonstrate the need of one desperate for God to show up.
David demonstrates what he is known for, “a man after God’s own heart”. He did not just worship when all was well. He worshiped God when he was fleeing for his life. He knew where his help came from. May it be so with us. When we worship God at all times, not just in church on Sunday, but in all of life, we demonstrate that He is on the throne of our hearts.
Songwriters are kind of an interesting breed. People might think we are a little melancholy, but like David, we feel deeply and try to express it through melodies and lyrics that heal. At least that is my goal as a songwriter. Can I help someone see God in a new way that will cause them to know and worship Him more deeply?
I confess that at times I wish I could write a song without having experienced and lived through what I write about. (Talking about painful moments here). But the words of the song would be empty if they came from a heart that had not been there. Void of passion, our song would be just notes and harmonies that might please the ear, but do nothing for the soul.
The passage above in 1 Peter could almost be a continuation of David’s song. When we keep Christ as the center of our heart, we have an answer in times of trouble.
Music is not just for musicians. Songs are not just composed by songwriters. Our lives are like a song before God, an offering of our stories glorifying Him. What tones will we share? Will we allow bitterness to affect the melody we share, or will we inspire others with sincere devotion to God, expressed through gratitude and a content life, found in Him.
When God is on the throne of our hearts, His love is expressed through us. The making of a song is through all of life, placed in the hands of our God as prayers, sometimes unspoken, sometimes sung – words demonstrating what it means to know God. God takes the offering of our lives and reveals His hope through us. What is the song of your heart? Sing it loud for His glory, for all to hear. You never know how your unique song can help someone else to write the song of their life, too.
Lord, thank You for letting us participate in this life. May we keep You on the throne of our hearts and share Your melody throughout the earth.