Music has always been a very special part of my life. I started piano lessons when I was nine years old and continued to do so through the 9th grade. Music is very important to me. Several years ago, I wrote an article about how the Lord made me aware of the fact that my music was to be used for Him. Mom and Dad bought a piano in 1954, so that I could practice at home. We had been using a neighbor’s piano for just a short time, but because it became apparent I was serious about playing, they purchased a Cable-Nelson. I have that piano still today; it has travelled with us literally all over the world.
I do not know how our music director selects the songs that we sing for each service, but I do believe that he does not randomly open the book and pick one or two, without thinking of the message the songs communicate. Very recently, I found myself close to tears as the congregation was singing in a Wednesday evening service. The song was “I Love to Tell the Story.” The third verse really convicted my heart: “I love to tell the story, ‘Tis pleasant to repeat. What seems, each time I tell it, More wonderfully sweet. I love to tell the story, For some have never heard, The message of salvation From God’s own holy Word.”
Do I really love to tell the story? Do I take every opportunity to share that story with others? I have been making the effort, but am I as engaged as the Lord would have me to be? There are many ways of telling that story. My life must be a picture of what Christ has done for me. Do I make it known that “It satisfies my longings, As nothing else can do?” Am I truly thankful for what the Lord has done for me? Is it just a passing thought, or do I really realize how He is always there? “It did so much for me; And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.” That means, again, that I must be willing to share Him at all times.
I often sit down at the piano here at home, many times at the request of my husband, and play the old hymns that I know so well. I have had a couple of ladies here in the building where we live, mention how much they enjoy the music. At one point, when there were a few of us in the community room just visiting, the conversation came around to my music. I felt impressed of the Lord to share what my mother had told me many years ago. She told me that because God had given me the ability to play, that I was to use it for Him only. How that testimony will open other doors for witnessing, only the Lord knows.
I believe that we need to be careful that our music is always honoring to the Lord. We do not want our music to sound like the world. In our home, Mom would not allow me to play popular music, although I did learn many classical pieces. Music that honors God has words that mean something, tell a story, and bring a message. When things of this life get crazy, the song, “Under His Wings,” should help us see He has a plan and He is there. Sometimes we just have to sing, “He Keeps Me Singing,” because no matter what is going on, we can sing. How about “Faith is the Victory”? When your faith is tested, just sing. “Trust and Obey,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” and “It is Well with My Soul” (one of my favorites). I could go on, but you get the idea. Go through the hymnal and sing unto the Lord.
Music can so often be the very thing that helps us see what God is trying to tell us. Last fall, I had some issues that would eventually require surgery. One night, when I could not sleep, and feeling pretty uncomfortable, I started to whine about my situation. This is the song that the Lord brought to my mind. It is one that our choir sings as well.
“My life I give to you O Lord. Use me I pray.
May I glorify Your precious name in all I do and say.
Let me trust You in the valley dark as well as in the light,
Knowing You will always lead me; Your will is always right.
I know God makes no mistakes. He leads in every path I take
Along the way that’s leading me to home.
Though at times, my heart would break,
There’s a purpose in every change He makes:
That others would see my life and know that God makes no mistakes.”
Our Heavenly Father is good all the time, and sometimes, a song is just what we need to help us remember this, and praise His Name! In Job 35:10, we find a reference to “God, my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night.” What a great God He is!
By Sharon Weaver