Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Well, the month of June has my husband and I smack dab in the middle of many gigs and practices with our bands. With so much music filling our days, I thought I would share with you a little technique I came up with to help me stay reminded of God’s love and presence in my life, even in the midst of our secular activities.
Let’s top up our coffees and I’ll share…
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. Genesis 6:5
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Sometimes I find it is so hard to see or focus on God in this world with all the activities in my day and the busyness of my live, not to mention the many ungodly things happening around the world. There is violence and war, greed and selfishness, lust and sexual connotations everywhere, just to name a few. Is it any wonder than that we adults, let alone our dear young people, struggle to walk in line with God’s desire for our lives, to see and seek him while being bombarded with these ungodly characteristics of our society and selves?
The thing is that God is not separate from all the lawlessness that we are immersed in. No, he doesn’t agree with what’s going on, but he certainly does not have his head in the sand. He knows how ungodly this world is. Remember what mankind did to him 2000 years ago? How much worse can anything be than killing our God!
Well in one little small way, I came up with a way to bring God into my thoughts and heart in the midst of everything else going on around me. While listening to music, especially love songs, I listen to/sing it as if it is God singing the song to me, or I to Him. In some cases, this strategy doesn’t quite work, but in most cases, it is astounding how relevant it can be. In fact, more than once it has brought me to tears, because it awakens me to the reality that only in God’s relationship with me, can I experience such intimate, unconditional, self-sacrificing love that so many secular songs claim. Even the songs that sing of passion and love can be relevant; just read Song of Solomon, which is a depiction of the relationship between God and mankind.
I shared this strategy with the young people of my church’s youth group many years ago, and I have had some of them, now young adults, tell me how they continue to view songs in this way. It really does bring God into the midst of your everyday task, and lets his goodness shine in your life in places that you may not have thought of having him join you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, the ways of this world are not new to you. You know what sin has done to mankind. Help me to remember you in all aspects of my day, despite what may going on around me. Help me to keep my mind on you, knowing you are with me always. In Jesus’ name I pray! AMEN!
Reflection: Try this little task over the next day or so; when listening to a song – love songs work well- try to imagine God singing the words to you, or you singing the words to God. Take time to reflect how you felt during and following the songs. Did it make you think of the song any differently than you had in the past? If so, how? If you are finding that it does bring you closer to the Lord throughout your day, continue to use this technique when listening to music. My personal favourite is You’ve Got A Way With Me by Shania Twain.