I made a decision about 10 years ago, to train myself to have worship songs on my mind first thing every morning. I knew the days I woke with praises swirling through my head seemed to go smoother. I would wake up more peaceful and hopeful. So, to train myself to wake up that way, I began making sure I either sang or thought of worship music while lying in bed. It really didn’t take long until I woke up to a Heavenly song every day. Even now, I wake up that way most of the time. It was and is an invaluable practice.
Today I had an experience that reminded me of the value of this type of intentional focusing into worship.
Someone asked to come over and speak with us, and before they arrived I found myself drawn to my piano to sing a specific song called “Letting go”. It wasn’t unusual to be drawn to worship that way because I sing all the time and worship is my life, so I didn’t think much of it.
When that person came over, they delivered some not so happy news. I began to hear God saying He wanted me to be flexible and to let go of control.…..just like the song I had been singing moments before. Then, when that person left our home, I was processing while I cleaned my kitchen and prepared to make dinner. Suddenly I realized that without consciously thinking about it, the song “King of my heart” was going through my mind…..”You are good, good whoa! You are good, good whoa!” As soon as I realized what I was singing, my spirit felt lifted and encouraged and God opened my eyes to see how He had hemmed me in today with worship. He met my needs in advance with the first song, and then He renewed my strength with the next!
How great is our God?!?!
So I ask you, what is the soundtrack of your life? Are you filling your heart and mind with music that brings life and encouragement? Have you discovered the power of worship yet? If not, I encourage you to begin that journey. God uses worship music in my life to do so many things. It helps me keep my mind focused on the goodness and greatness of God in any given moment or circumstance. It comforts me when life is tough. It reminds me that I am never alone.
God, I thank You that You give me a direct line to Your heart when I worship. God, let my heart be constantly tuned to Your grace. You are ever faithful. Your love is extravagant. You are worthy of ALL praise. I love You Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. Psalm 135:3
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:1-3