A year ago someone came up to me and shared with me that they felt the Lord loved it when I sing to Him.
This wasn’t terribly surprising because one of the ways I consistently have met the Lord in my past is through song. I’m not a terribly good singer. I can’t plan an instrument. I just meet the Lord when I sing from my heart.
So as this year came to a close, it was with a little bit of regret that I realized I hadn’t done more singing to Jesus in my time alone with Him. I even started joking with the kids about how I was going to pick up playing a ukulele. Did I mention I didn’t own a ukulele?
So it was funny to me at Christmas that my wife “just so happened” to get me a ukulele for Christmas. Maybe it’s time I start singing again.
I think one of the things if we move out of showy Christianity into any of the more missional and house church elements of our faith is a temptation to believe that our songs are a show meant to draw others to a meeting. Really our songs are meant to draw us to God.
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
There is a place where we are so filled with the Spirit that we overcome our inhibitions about how we look and what people think of us and we sing. It is to the Lord (not to men) and it happens in the arena of our hearts.
This next year, I want to find that place again. I hope you’ll join me.
There is no real point in me posting this video other than I really enjoy it every time I hear it. I love the creativity on this guy. Plus you don’t find many people who can transition from a time of repentance into a time of praise like Rick does here. Enjoy!
So lately God has been meeting me as I listen to Beautiful People by Jason Upton. I got it back on my birthday, but I didn’t really appreciate it until I heard someone at Godstock singing “In Your Presence” (Track 4). Ever since then, the CD has been helping me bask in the delight of God as a Father. If you haven’t heard this CD, you should really check it out. Tracks 4, 10, 12 & 13 are phenomenal.
So, whats playing in your MP3 player?