|Songs of Praise to Fill our Days - Posted 10/5/2016
From Pastor Chris
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.” (Psalms 92:1–4)
God’s word testifies that singing songs of praise to the Most High is a good thing to do. Music works powerfully into our heads and hearts. For better or (in the case of commercial jingles and annoying pop songs) for worse, words attached to melodies stick in our memory much longer. Furthermore, music itself interacts deeply with our emotional life. At times we need music that resonates with our anger, confusion, dismay, or despair–a soundtrack that allows us to sit in that emotion and feel what we need to feel. At other times, like tormented King Saul, we need music that will counteract our fitful emotions and calm our souls.
Rachael and I have walked through numerous challenging seasons in which we were carried along by songs that declared God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Whether it was Kari Jobe’s rendition of “Be Still My Soul” or Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer,” we knew that God would see us through the difficulties. When my heart needs to be pointed to Jesus, Fred Hammond’s “You Are The Living Word” and Nichole Nordeman’s “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” aid the process. When my heart lacks gratitude, “Good to Me (I Cry Out)” and the gospel classic “When I Think About the Lord” provide the jump-start I need.
Let me encourage you to take advantage of modern technology and develop the playlists that will help you in this good endeavor of thanking and praising our God through music. Find texts that are as scriptural as possible and music that speaks the language of your soul. Like the Psalmist who sang to God from morning to night, may our songs of worship, confession, and gratitude fill our days.