Wednesday, April 5, 2023

And Now, a Special Musical Episode of Your Life

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 5:8-20

I have always thought that those "special musical" episodes of television shows were just corny. The one exception was an episode of The Flash titled, "Duet," which featured a crossover with Supergirl.  Our heroes, trapped in a imaginary musical, had to follow the plot to completion with a good deal of singing along the way. Then, once everyone was safe and back to normal, we got to see the Flash's secret identity, Barry, sing a romantic proposal to his girlfriend, Iris. It was, somehow, one of the least corny musical episodes of a television show that I have seen in a while.

That special musical episode of The Flash reminds us that, in some ways, we are to have our own special musical episodes in real life.  Ephesians 5:19 reads, "Speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs."  As I read the verse, I pictured myself walking up to my wife and singing a conversation to her (not too hard to picture considering that I am weird enough to actually do this on occasion). Then I pictured her singing right back to me and I couldn't help but laugh, thinking not only how funny that would be but how much fun it would be.

Music involves more than just lyrics and melodies, it involves emotions and the analytical portions of our brains without any effort whatsoever. And our favorite songs, the ones we remember and can sing along with (or sing in the shower) are the ones whose words mean something to us, that connect with us.  The words of our favorite hymns and praise songs are those that have either revealed something of the nature of God to us or affirmed our own feelings towards God. They are the kinds of songs that leave us thinking and get stuck in the back of our minds throughout the week, and Paul encourages us to speak to one another with them.

Speak to one another with the truths that have affected and encouraged you. Speak to one another with  lyrics that have caused you to meditate on Christ and God's Word. Allow music to well up in your hearts and carry you throughout the day, and pass that music along. Make music to the Lord from your heart and worship God even as you move from task to task at work or in school. Allow the lyrics you sing to connect you in spirit with the countless others who have sung the same songs through the years and across the world. 

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. 
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise…

(Psalm 96:1-4, NIV)

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