Do you love music? I am not a lover of music, but words are important to me. A poet at heart, I adore the lyrics of a well written song. I grew up on the hymns of the church. Some of my favorites are Nothing But the Blood, I’ll Fly Away, Ring Out, How Great Thou Art, and Ten Thousand Angels. Those are the songs that come to mind when I think of home…my childhood.
There is something bittersweet about not hearing those songs in our contemporary worship services. The songs of today, while not rooted in my church tradition, are still effective in drawing me into the heart of the Father. I find that there is something refreshing about singing and reflecting on the words of a new song.
“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!” Psalm 96:1
So what am I listening to?
The song that I am stuck on this week is Full Attention by Jeremey Riddle. We sang it last week at church. It moved me to tears because it put into words what my heart was trying to pray. It is a simple prayer to keep me abiding. So for my birthday I bought the entire album. I have been air playing on my Apple tv and streaming through my car stereo all week long.
What a blessing it is to have these words to mediate on throughout the week!
So what are you listening to? What music draws you close to the Father?