Are you tuned in?
by Erin Olson on February 24th, 2012

Hearing is one of our five senses. It is no wonder then that a song can take us back to a memory, highlight a happy event, mark a sad event and cause us to dance like no one is watching.

God creates us all for His glory and to praise Him (See Isaiah 43:7). However, we often go days in between praising and worshipping Him. Why? We are too busy. Our praise and worship is relegated to the twenty minutes or so that takes place during church on Sundays. Sadly, many of us don’t even praise and worship Him then.

The Bible is pretty serious about singing and music. In the King James Version, the various forms of the word “sing” appear as follows:

As the word singing – 29 times
As the activity sing – 119 times
As the word song – 47 times
As the word songs – 20 times
As the word singers – 38 times

There is even a whole book of the Bible, Psalms, dedicated to songs, singing, praise and hymns. As individuals, we are an instrument of praise to our Creator.

I am not musically schooled nor do I have an ear for superior music, but what I do love is music. I like the kind of music that speaks to you – music that I can relate to. I was the crazy first-time mom who hooked up headphones to my pregnant belly so my child in the womb could hear music. My children had music in their nurseries from day one. They slept with music on all the time – on repeat – night, after night, nap, after nap. It is no wonder that they love music today. Their life exists around music. I believe that I could exist without television, but I could not exist without music.




(This is a picture of me and the children with Mandisa. Mandisa was a contestant on American Idol. She has now returned to her roots and is a contemporary Christian singer.)
Perhaps, this is because we were created to praise and sing songs of worship to the Lord. From the beginning, music has always been important. It had its place in the Temple and throughout biblical history. The Bible tells us that the angels rejoice in song. Many who have died and come back to life proclaim that the level of worship in Heaven was deafening. No one will be out of tune or off key in Heaven!

I started thinking about music this week as I was listening to a song playing on the radio. My ten year old and I were standing in the kitchen while the song Praise You in This Storm by the Casting Crowns was playing. I said to him, “Did you know that the lyrics

I lift my eyes unto the hills where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord maker of Heaven and Earth.

are from a book in the Bible?” “No,” he said. “Well, they are from Psalm 121. There are lots of songs that we listen to that have Scripture in them.” “Wow, really?” he said.

Music is an escape for me. Literally, when things get crazy, I crank up the music. If I am in my car, it gets loud, then louder. If I am at home and no one is home, I turn it up. If I am at home and others are watching TV, I slap on my headphones.

But what I have recently figured out is that the music isn’t an escape from something, it is an escape to someone. When I am listening to my music, I take the focus off of myself and turn it to God. Why? I listen to Christian music 95% of the time. I enjoy the more contemporary praise and worship music. This music can be found on Sirius/XM if you have access to it or perhaps your city has a local Christian music station. Otherwise, the artists and their songs are all available for purchase through iTunes and CD’s (I hope I have taken the excuse out of not being able to listen to it.) I am not just listening to music, I am standing in the very presence of God worshipping Him.

Yes, people may think you are crazy at first if you are not currently saturating yourself with praise and worship music outside of Sunday. I know I persecuted someone when I wasn’t a believer because she had The Message radio on in her car. Boy, did my friends and I laugh. This was two years before my salvation experience. God had been pursuing me I know now.

I chuckle at that now and sometimes when I have the opportunity to valet my car, I wonder if the valet thinks the same thing of me!

Don’t have time to read the Bible and spend time with God before you leave for work? Crank on the music in the car and sing your heart out to Him. Not only will you be fed with the Word, you will also be praising and worshipping Him at the same time. Road rage can’t exist if Jesus is in the car with you.

Sit in an office by yourself all day? Stay-at-home with children all day? Crank on the music and sing along and soak it in. Carpool time and drive-home time? Crank it up! Children love to sing along to music. There is nothing sweeter than hearing them praise and worship God through music in the car. I assure you that they cannot be arguing and annoying each other all the time if they are singing and worshipping. These little nuggets of Truth are planted in their hearts. The root will take hold and grow. The same goes for adults.

“Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise His holy name.” (Psalm 30:4 – NLT)


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