Since I was out of town for about a month I asked for volunteers to write the “today” messages for me. Kathy Eckermann, my Executive Assistant, wrote one that I am passing on this month to our readers. It’s one that all of us need from time to time.
I appreciate each of the volunteers who have written morning messages while Mr. Beasley was in trial. I also appreciate that Mr. Beasley allows us the freedom to share our faith in God. As the other guest writers have written about what is most important in their lives, I would also like to write today about the subjects in my life that are nearest to my heart – my faith, my family and music.
Anyone who knows me, knows that music is a very important part of my life. When my husband and I were dating (over 35 years ago), one of our favorite things to do was to sing and play songs around the piano. Recently I was thinking about what a huge blessing it is to have the good old hymns that my generation grew up singing as well as the newer contemporary music. I hope you will take a fresh look at the songs and hymns you sing at church or along with on the radio. While scripture is the higher priority, I truly believe that God gave us music as a way to worship and express the teachings we learn through his Word, and also as a way to remember the teachings of scripture. Sometimes, a specific song will just pop into your mind and you will start singing it to yourself. Because songs have melodies and harmonies, they are easily remembered and will stay with you for your whole life. At times you may remember the words of songs just when you need it most – this is because the words are associated with a certain melody.
A few months ago, our family was going through a very difficult time that affected all of us because we love and care about the family member who was involved. To me, it felt like we were in a very dark tunnel and I could not see a light at the end of it. Then a song we had sung at church just started flooding my mind over and over again. The words to the second verse of this song came to me and stayed with me throughout that dark time. The song that kept running through my mind was “Cornerstone” which is really a new version of the old hymn, “The Solid Rock” with a new chorus added. I love both the old and the new versions of this great and wonderful hymn. The words of the song gave me amazing comfort and helped me to remember that no matter how bad things seem to be, God is always there to give us strength through every situation. Here are the words that kept running through my mind along with the beautiful melody:
When Darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace,
In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.
Christ alone; Cornerstone
Weak made strong; in the Savior’s love
Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.
Music is a wonderful gift from God and truly has therapeutic benefits. A great example is in the Old Testament – David played his harp when an evil spirit would come to Saul, and Saul would start to feel better. I believe that most people enjoy music and have probably experienced its many benefits. Whether you like to sing, play, compose or listen to it, I hope you have a psalm, hymn or spiritual song that is special to you and has brought you comfort when you needed it most. After you vote today, take a break from the political ads and sing a song.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. Psalm 33:2-3
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:3
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him….Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn, shout joyfully before the King, the Lord. Psalm 98:1, 4-6
Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. 1 Samuel 16:23
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