Do you ever think of your life as a song? There are several definitions of the word “song”. Generally speaking we think of it as simply a musical composition, but the dictionary also includes the musical utterance of a bird or a short poem whether intended to be sung or not. Gee, even though I don’t know one note from another the poetry God gives me can be defined as a song sung from my heart. I had never thought of it that way but then music has always been significant of joy. It comes from the very heart of man as it is lit by the Spirit.
Music has been a part of life ever since creation. It has been used in war, in worship, in work and in social activities such as banquets and parades. The most famous musician in the Old Testament is King David, who composed, sang and played many different kinds of instruments. The book of Psalms has always been one of the most read books in the Bible. In Hebrew the word Psalms means “book of praises” and it reflects a personal relationship between the author and Jehovah God; it displays confidence in the Lordship of the universe that settles even the most tormented spirit. Think about it, isn’t your spirit lifted when you turn on the radio or play a CD while driving your car to someplace you would rather not go for whatever reason. It can place a smile on your face, joy in your heart and make those around you smile regardless of how they were feeling a moment before.
While it is true that much of today’s music doesn’t reflect that of David’s days, there is still lots of good music that raises the spirit’s best and provides peace and comfort to those in need. It’s almost like taking a good vitamin pill; we need it to function as we were created to accomplish the things of our Creator’s heart. Music has the ability to take the problems off of your back and allow your spirit to bring joy to those who are weak and needy. I feel certain that most of you can relate to this as you have at one time or another experienced it for yourself. The Psalmist knew this well when he wrote – Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy (33:3).
In a time when so much evil has become more and more evident and there seems to be no way to circumvent its activities maybe we should consider a new approach; maybe we should fill the atmosphere with something that has the ability to cover and even erase the problems of this world. If it worked in Biblical times why would we question its ability to do so in our day. As we praise our Lord with words let us also lift our voices in song that others may hear and respond to the song of life found only in our Creator and His constant participation in our lives.
As John, the apostle loved by Jesus, was isolated on the island of Patmos he wrote the book of Revelation, unfolding the great events that would bring history to consumation; he sums up the past and anticipates the future. It may be hard to visualize and/or understand, but the fact remains that God had and has a purpose for our lives, to bring us into onenesss with Himself and His original purpose.
And they (the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders) sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood (5:9). Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels…standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways…(15:1-3).
I once was lost, but now I’m found,
So far away,but I’m home now;
And now my lifesong sings!
- Casting Crown