• Jason Wade


5. Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,

your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your

righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalms 36:5-9

I love walking through the scriptures and when I read them recognize songs that artists have created straight from scripture. Similar to the days that John and Charles Wesley created many hymns in our hymnals, the artists of today are able to use music to drive home the message of the scripture and to help us resonate with the Word of God. It blows my mind how many times I cannot remember the exact words to a scripture, but if it is in a song, I can sing them almost verbatim. What that really teaches me is the power of music in my life. Know that may not be the same for others, but music has really played a major part of my life from piano, guitar, mandolin, to church choir, high school chorus, and even saxophone in middle school band. Music has been a major part of my life that helps to tell my story and so for me there is and always will be a song within a song.

I remember watching the stories of songs on a show the story behind the song. It was amazing to watch as you would watch how these artist would be inspired by the things that life has given to them over the years. Most of the songs that we see are tales of the artist's struggles or joys and if you are a T-Swift fan, of the relationships that have gone good or bad. There is always a story that is told and the real story that influenced the song. For many of us we too could write the story of our lives, but I don't know how good of a song it would make. We look at the reflections of our lives and for many of us we go and drown ourselves in music because we want to find. way to escape the reality of what is happening in our

actual lives. Sometimes we use music as an escape from reality for just a moment as we meditate and try to refocus our minds on the decisions that we must make that could affect more than just us. We have music that we call our favorites because it resonates within us these emotions that help us to deal or reconcile our current feelings in a way that brings us to a place of peace. For example, for me in middle and high school it seemed that Chicago wrote a song for EVERY relationship situation I was in from "You're the Inspiration" for the new relationship I was "Look Away" when the relationship ended and there were no words for the pain I was going through. I know a little nostalgia for those kids of the 80's.

But we see the power of music in everything that we do. For example, multi-million dollar athletes all the way down to pee-wee leagues, use music in a way to motivate their players into a euphoric state that makes them feel as through they are ready for the battle at hand. I say all of this because the scriptures for today help us see the power of the words and the ability to be transformed by their meaning. The Psalmist uses a power visual in their words today to allow us to feel connection with God through the power of His Loe and the majesty of His name. We see the power of God's faithfulness and desire to share with us HIS LOVE through all of our situations. God is not in the business of hurting or leaving His creation, but continues to surround us with His Prevenient Grace that surrounds us even before we have the first knowledge of God. You are in our story and you continue to surround us with your song until our eyes are opened and as the writer states, "For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light." We begin to drink from the fountain of life that allows our hearts to be connected to God's Word and our eyes to be opened to the LIGHT that surrounds our lives. We begin realizing the power of our story because it is a part of the testimony of God's love in and around us. It is a part of OUR story that adds to the musical score of God's grace.

So take a moment and think about the songs that first come to your mind that influence your life. When you are sad what do you listen to and why? When you are happy and excited what music do you listen to and why? When you need to just stop and think, what music do you listen to and why? Music has a powerful ability to attach to our lives, but the music becomes a part of our story and yes does help to influence our decisions. There is a reason that satan was called the great manipulator and that he was at one point the chief musician in heaven. Crazy right. Now it makes so much more sense to me that music has so much power to influence our lives for either good or evil. The battle continues in every part of our lives and music is no different. It is able to enter our lives and at an instance be recalled in our minds. So as Paul Harvey would say in his weekly radio snippets, "Now you know the rest of the the

story." There is a song within the song that connects us to the emotions in our lives, so I continue to encourage all of us to be careful for what we put in our hearts. Trash in becomes trash out and believe me that watching a lot of the Tik-Toks out there... there is a lot of garbage that needs to be picked up and tossed out of our lives. "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord. O Lord my Rock, O Lord my strength, O Lord my God and Redeemer" Psalm 19:14. I pray that we all take heed and step into our stories today. I pray that we see the power of the song within the song that can draw us to a deeper connection with God or lead us lost and confused. As you are writing your life song, will it help to show others the power of God's love in your life?

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