There have been so many times I have felt like a song. I can remember my student teaching days during college. I was driving nearly an hour and half each way to and from the school where I was teaching. It was brutal. Mind you, as anyone who knows me would attest, I am NOT a morning person. Far from it. I am a night owl. Early up, drive an hour and a half, teach, drive back an hour and a half. Nights were filled with classes, rehearsals for choir and shows, and I still had voice lessons for my upcoming graduate recital. Busy was the name of that semester. Nah. Busy doesn't even do it justice.
There was an album that helped me through that semester. As if God new exactly what I needed to hear. The album was Steven Curtis Chapman's Speechless. The song Be Still and Know reminded me of a critical truth in scripture. One that I knew intellectually, but my heart needed reminding. In the midst of my business and stress God is still God. He is faithful. He will never change. He is my father. And I can always be still in his arms. Sometimes I'd listen to that song for most of an hour and a half drive.
Ever feel like a song? You are in your car, dealing with something in life, and then you hear it on the radio. Just the song you needed to hear. Just at the right time. Ever feel like a song?
There were other songs in the Speechless album which spoke deeply to me in that particular time of need. There is now today a song I have saved to my desktop and is often played during the course of my day. It's Good Good Father by Housefires. God is a good father. That's who he is. And I'm loved by him. That's who I am. There are days that my heart just hurts. And I need to hear that truth. Who I am is not who the world says I am. No. Who I am is a loved son of God. I need to hear that truth. I will play the song over and over and over and over again. Looped until the truth of it is written into my being.
These are songs that have been therapeutic to me. To my soul. They serve to drive God's truth deeper into my heart.
I firmly believe that music is God's language. I know it's how he speaks to me. And it's therapeutic. The Holy Spirit uses it to bring healing. When King Saul of Old Testament times was troubled he took comfort in music. It was therapeutic for him. David played his music for Saul and it had a soothing effect (1 Samuel 16:14-23).
You probably have songs like these in your life too. What songs are they? Can you think of one? I'd love for you to share it in the comments. If you don't use music in this way... consider it.
Allow the truth of God's word be driven deep into your heart through song.
worship Him 24/7...