The Soundtrack of Our Lives

by Herschel on February 26, 2013

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Cast of Sessical

My sister has lived in New York City for many years. I enjoy visiting her. Last spring, our family had the opportunity to travel to New York and see a Broadway musical. It was an exuberant celebration of life, full of singing, dancing and colorful costumes. The whole family was thoroughly exhilarated by it, and we left the theater singing snippets of the songs we could remember. When I was young, I thought that musical plays were pretty unrealistic portrayals of real life. After all, folks just don’t break into song at the drop of a hat while walking down a busy sidewalk or in the middle of a serious conversation. It seemed that life would be pretty silly if we all lived that way.

But is that true? What if God really wants for our lives to be a joyful celebration of His love and grace filled with praise music? Paul wrote that we should, “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18b-19). When’s the last time you spoke to someone in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs? When’s the last time you made melody with your heart to the Lord (other than Sunday)?

The day after I saw the play, I was thinking about all I’ve just written about, and I “happened” to read Psalm 96, which begins, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name. Proclaim good tidings on His salvation from day to day…” I decided to try it out. Alone in the basement laundry room of my sister’s high-rise apartment building, I belted out a praise song while I folded clothes, and something wonderful happened:  my heart was blessed and inspired, and that mundane work became pleasant, light, and enjoyable (and I felt like God was blessed and pleased too!).

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Even a laundry room can be a place of celebration!

While I was singing, this thought came to me: God wants praise to be the “soundtrack” of our lives! Try it out for yourself; sing some praise songs and see how singing lifts your spirit. If you don’t like the sound of your own voice, play some praise music on your iPod or in your car instead of whatever else you’ve been listening to; He’s worthy of it, and you’ll feel nearer to Him and more in step with His Spirit!

HH

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