The power of song…

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Psalm 119:54 Your statutes have been my songs wherever I make my home. 55 I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law. 56 This blessing has fallen to me, for I have kept your precepts.

The writer of Psalm 119 goes on at length about observing the statutes of the Lord, meditating on them, and in verse 54 – singing them. I find that really interesting because it’s so practical. Lots of the hymns and songs of the church are scripturally based. It’s a great way to memorize the word of God, or anything else for that matter.

I wonder if this ever happens to you. Sometimes I’ll be in my car listening to some radio station or Spotify playlist when an old song I haven’t heard in years – maybe decades – comes on. Isn’t it crazy how much of the song lyrics you can recall because the words are set to music? It’s phenomenal really.

One of the first Christian CDs I bought was by an a capella group called “Take 6” – I think. Can’t remember for sure. Haven’t seen the CD in years. Anyway, one of the songs had the following lyrics:

“Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart. And you shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

I’m not good at remembering scripture verbatim. It’s just not how I’m wired. But when I remember a song it’s not hard at all. The words come easily.

Lord thank you for the gift of music. It blesses us in so many ways, including helping us remember your life-giving word. We offer this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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