We’ve all had it happen. Maybe we saw a commercial on TV. Maybe we heard it on the radio. Maybe it was that annoying person on the elevator humming the whole time we were going up. A song gets stuck in our head and the rest of the day we’re humming it or singing it. We walk down the street humming that song and we pass it along to someone else who just happens to hear it from us. Those types of songs are called “ear worms.” They stick in your head and keep popping up throughout the day – until the next ear worm replaces the previous one.
Music has the power to move people – whether it’s that ear worm that plays in your head, the mood music in a movie, or the music played at a campaign rally. It stirs our souls and tugs at our emotions. It spurs us to action, or soothes our soul in emotional times. It tells a story. It reveals who we are. Psalm 89 is attributed to some guy named Ethan. No one knows him other than from this psalm. He gives us a good reason to make music and sing. “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)
When you think about it, the book of Psalms is really the song book of the Old Testament. Many of the songs were written by David. Other songs were written by other leaders at the time. Those songs (psalms) touched hearts enough that they became part of the book of Psalms. This first verse reminds us of the joy of sharing God’s love in song. It’s not just God’s love, though; it’s about God’s great love and faithfulness. My pastor tells people that he wants to hear their story. He talks about their “Jesus Story” and how God is working in their lives. As I thought about music and the idea of our story, I was reminded of the refrain from the song “Blessed Assurance;” “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” What’s your song? Does your song tell of God’s great love? Does it remind those who will follow you of His love and faithfulness?
If you were to write your life song today, what would people learn about you? Would they learn that you’re blue? Would they learn that you can recite all kinds of rhyming words? Or would people learn of God’s greatness as He brought you through the trials and tribulations of life? Were I to write my life song, I would tell of my brokenness and sin. I would tell of my despair. And then, oh the glory, I would tell of the love and faithfulness of the God who reached down in His great mercy and lifted me up into fellowship with Him. Were you to hear my song you would leave marveling at the greatness and mercy of God who was faithful to me when I was unfaithful to Him. You would be inspired to seek this God who loves me so. You would want to experience His love and His grace yourself. Again I ask, what would your song be? How would your song leave you feeling after singing it and others after they heard it? If your song couldn’t leave people hopeful; if your song couldn’t tell of the grace and mercy of the God who loves you; there is still time to write another verse. Let that verse show people about God’s grace and mercy in your life. If you need help writing that verse, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to help you understand how God’s grace can make a difference.
Lord God, let my song praise You all the day long. In my trials and tribulations, let my song reflect the hope and strength I draw from You. In my sins and weaknesses, let my song reflect Your mercy and grace to overcome. In my faithlessness, let my song reflect Your faithfulness. Change my life so much that future generations will see Your love in my song.