by Natalie Wynd
Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
I have recently updated the access to technology that I use and now Bluetooth my phone to my car audio system instead of playing CD’s. This has meant that we now get to listen to lots of different music options. My currently playing Spotify list will tell you which one of my children was last sitting in the front seat (or asking nicely from the back as they are too little to sit in the front) controlling the music options.
Words in music are very powerful and can calm you and speak to your heart. I have taken a lot of solace in the words of some extremely talented Christian music artists. But when we belt out the words to a song that speaks to us, calms us and provides us with direction, are we singing the words with our head or with our heart. Do we truly believe that God holds us in one hand and the world in the other, that God is going to keep all His promises, that we can give all our worries, cares and concerns to God at the cross and walk away, trusting totally in His plan. Do we worry that we are too broken, too far gone for God to meet us where we are. Do we truly believe that grace is enough for everyone? Do we only run to God when we have a problem? Do we ever just grab hold of God’s hand and celebrate the victories that are happening around us?
The Bible clearly states that God will hold our hand and provide us with the strength to complete any task set before us. As a Matthew West song states, “I don’t have to be strong enough….hands of mercy won’t you cover me now I’m asking you to be strong enough”. Such powerful words. If we can belt that out, truly believing it, the ripple effect would be astronomical.
As you listen to your music as you drive, study, work or clean (or whatever you are doing), reflect quietly on the words that you are belting out. Do they reflect your relationship with God and your values as an individual? Do you truly believe the words you are singing? Does time spent singing alter your attitude and perception? Do you finish the song a different person with an altered outlook and approach to a situation?
Natalie is a Pastors wife from Dalby, mum to five aged between 18 and 5. She has a passion for nutrition education. She loves Jesus, craft, sewing and coffee with friends.