Friday, March 16

The soundtrack of your life

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30-31, Psalm 40, 1 Corinthians 1

Deuteronomy 31:19 Therefore write down this song for yourselves and teach it to the Israelites; have them sing it, so that this song may be a witness for me against the Israelites.


Moses was about to die and pass the leadership on to Joshua.  God told him to write a song and teach it to Israel as “a witness for me against the Israelites.”  Every time they sang this song, it would remind them of their history, God’s faithfulness, and their rebellion.  The song would be a witness—one that called them to return and repent.


This week, I heard Leonard Sweet talk about the importance of story and song (soundtrack).  When I read this Scripture, I thought that our lives have a soundtrack.  There are songs that are especially meaningful and bring back memories.  That was the purpose of the song that God gave Moses.

I have songs that are part of the soundtrack of my life.  They remind me of God’s work in me and call me back to Him.  They witness to me of God’s  love and faithfulness.  I can often remember where I was when I first heard them.  These are songs I come back to regularly, singing them, listening to them, using them to pray or worship.

It’s also important for new songs to be written that remind us not only of what God has done but what He is doing now.

These God-songs are powerful and memorable.  When I was in college, a friend stopped to visit me at work; he was distressed, but I was occupied and couldn’t talk.  I asked him to wait until my break.  While waiting, he listened to an Andrae Crouch album that was playing.  One song spoke to him—exactly what he needed.  When I got there, he was in tears and said he didn’t need to talk any more.  God had spoken to him through a song.  That song became part of the soundtrack of his life.

What are the God-songs in your soundtrack that witness to you?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of song, and how you use songs to speak to us!