Monday, November 4, 2019
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Singing. Some of us are good at it (Really good at it – as in our choir!), others can at least carry a tune, and a few folks are complete monotones. I never realized until working at a memory care unit that people with dementia can still remember lyrics and tunes from songs, even if the rest of their memory has become scrambled. Singing may be the only words coming out of their mouths making sense, in some cases. Hymns, campfire songs, popular songs from when one was young – these we remember and can pull out of the dark recesses of our brains.
There are not many places where adults do group singing as a regular basis, outside of church. Maybe singing “Take me out to the Ballgame” at the seventh inning stretch, or going Christmas caroling with friends around the neighborhood once a year – am I missing any others? But we sing together in church, Sunday after Sunday. Maybe you remember the first hymn you ever learned. For me it was, “This is my Father’s World.” I sang it in junior choir.
This scripture passage reminds me that we need to teach our children the spiritual songs of our faith. “Amazing Grace”, “Be Thou my Vision”, “Just As I am”, “How Great Thou Art” – so many wonderful songs to help us know how much God loves us. When we remember all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ, then we may give God thanks. But if our children don’t learn the songs, how can they remember them, or how can they hold on to these timeless truths that will remain in their memories their entire lifetime?
I’m not talking brainwashing here, folks. I’m talking about providing them with an anchor, a foundation, one that will last through all the changing circumstances of their lives and still be there. God is everything, but if we forget it, spiritual songs and hymns will bring it all back. It’s not about being a good singer, but it’s about putting these truths in a format that will stay with us for a long time – through music.
Let us sing and give praise to God from our hearts, today and every day.
Thank you, Lord, for the music that remains with us. It is a medium to inspire us and allow us the means of praising you. I don’t presume to be a great singer, but that’s not the point. It’s finding another way to give you praise for all you are and all you have done for me. Let me never forget, but if I do, let the music bring it back home to me. I love you Lord. Thank you for Jesus. Amen.