“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:2
Some of the times I have felt closest to God are when I am in the car by myself with my radio blasting out worship songs. Completely immersing myself in the words of a worship song centers my thoughts on God. I love to sing along loudly and without any concern for what others think. I am shy and very introverted, but when a worship song touches my soul I can’t help but sing my heart out. When I worship God in song and focus my thoughts on Him, I feel as though I see Him much more clearly. Music can serve as a wonderful conduit into His presence. I truly believe God created music to draw us to Himself. David had a heart for music and used it often to praise God when mere words were not enough. Musicians would go into battles in Old Testament times reminding those around them whose power they were fighting in. All of nature seems to sing to its Creator. Worship music points us to God, offers praises to God and causes us to ponder God.
Today I heard two newer worship songs on the radio and as I really listened to the words I felt my heart longing for Jesus in such a strong way. Tears rolled down my cheeks at the truth of who He is and what He has done for me. I am so thankful for the gift of music and the roll it has played in my life. As such a shy child who could barely speak to adults, it came as quite a surprise that I would be asked to sing a small solo in church. By what I know now was nothing less than God’s hand in my life, I agreed, and was never the same because of it. As I sang the words to my very first solo as a nine year old little girl, I relied on Jesus in a way I never had before. I also experienced His presence in a way that I would grow to crave over and over again. I feel like I “saw” a glimpse of Jesus that day and I have loved worship music ever since. May we all SEE Jesus as we worship Him with total abandon.
“Lord, may we SEE You in the words of a song. Thank you so very much for the gift of music. May we saturate our souls with songs that proclaim Your Name and focus our thoughts on You.”