April 18, 2016

Read Psalm 119:11

Several years ago, I took a trip with a few girlfriends. This was before “Oldies” radio stations became so popular, so one of the friends brought CD’s of music from our high school years. I was amazed that I remembered almost every word, even though I hadn’t heard those songs in 20 years! I’m sorry to admit that if I were to be quizzed on any science or history learned from that time, my recall would fall far short.

Something about music increases memory. School children are taught songs to learn the alphabet, countries, and even Bible verses. Grandmothers sing the same songs to their grandchildren that they sang to their own children, without needing refresher courses. So many of our hymns, and even contemporary choruses, are direct quotes from the Bible; others are reminders of God’s grace, love, forgiveness, and power.  When I sing in church service, I am not only praising God, but also hiding His Word in my heart in such a way that 20 years from now, I should still be able to recall those truths.  And though the music may sound different than it did when I was a child the Word will be the same.  “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”  Isaiah 40:8.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.