Monday Morning Melody

I will be honest, one thing I really struggle with in a church service is not being distracted by the music to the point of missing out on worshiping God. Being musical is definitely a gift that I am grateful to God for, but it has its cons. I notice everything, and thus am easily distracted.

(Don’t even get me started on the “abstract” music that is continuously played in services…while we segue into the next song, while we talk about giving, while we “take time to silence our hearts before God” [oh, the irony]. Methinks we’ve mistaken Paul’s instruction to the Thessalonians to have said, “play without ceasing”.)

All joking aside, this is a genuine struggle of mine. Sometimes when I enjoy harmonizing with a beautiful song or get caught up with analyzing the chord progressions (or lack thereof!), I’m thinking not so much on what I’m singing as I am on how it sounds. And this certainly goes the other way when I’m not enjoying the music, when I find myself criticizing a poorly performed song, or wondering why it is universally acceptable to make a performance out of time set aside for giving praise to God.

That being said, even in moments of inward conflict, uncomfortable settings, or undesirable music selections (or all of the above), I must remind myself to seek the Lord, and He will be found!

I am grateful to say that the Lord used a similar situation this week to allow me to look beyond the sounds and surroundings to be reminded of His love for me through the lyrics, if not through song.

“I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Ps. 13:6

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness,
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings!

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder,
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings!

This is amazing grace,
This is unfailing love,
That You would take my place,
That You would bear my cross.
You’d lay down Your life
That I would be set free.
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me.

Who brings our chaos back into order?
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter?
The King of Glory, the King of Glory!

Who rules the nations with truth and justice,
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance?
The King of Glory, the King above all kings!

This is amazing grace,
This is unfailing love,
That You would take my place,
That You would bear my cross.
You’d lay down Your life
That I would be set free.
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave!

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