What’s your favorite song?
Music has such a deep way of reaching into those secret, hidden places in our hearts and minds and speaking straight to our soul.
Music is like a time machine, carrying us to another place and time. The connection between the song and our past brings to mind memories long forgotten.
The handles were yellow, chipped paint revealed silver metal underneath. The base was various colors, but this spot was red. One leg tucked beneath me, the other hanging off to push us faster and faster. And all the while, we sang “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya to Bermuda, Bahama…” Merry Go Round, 4th-5th grade.
Stomach churning, sweat forming on my brow, heart racing, and deep breaths…it was almost time. The concrete wall, painted blue, was cool to the touch where my arm rested as I anxiously awaited the moment. The socks were pulled up high, hair was pulled back tight, and I could hear the music begin, “Let’s get ready to rumble! Y’all ready for this?…” Cord-Charlotte High School, Sr. High Locker Room, 10th grade.
From Janis Joplin to Bob Segar…from Rod Stewart to Spice Girls…from Judy Garland all the way to Chris Tomlin, music connects us to a place and time and reminds us of that moment in history.
Exodus Chapter 15 takes us to a similar special moment.
“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.” (Exodus 15:1-3)
This is just a few lines from what some people believe might be the oldest recorded song in history. The Israelites were singing praises to God for rescuing them!
The song wasn’t just about playing music and having a good time. There was meaning. They sang with the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude. They praised God with their words and attitudes. And this song would serve as a reminder throughout the ages to come to show just what God had done for them.
Have you caught yourself singing a song you haven’t heard in 20 years? And, somehow, you can still remember all the words. Why is it? I can’t even remember what day it is half the time or what I did the day before. I can’t remember a conversation or what I just read, but I can remember a song. In fact, when my husband starts singing something, I’m always jumping in and saying, “that’s not the words. It actually says…” he is always amazed at this incredible talent I hold.
Our brains are one of the coolest and most complex things the Lord made. How cool is it that our minds can recall things much better when they are connected to a melody?
What song is in your heart today? What do you want to sing to the Lord? Is it a song of thankfulness for what He has done? Or is it a song of desperation for saving you? Maybe it’s a plea for rescue during a tough time. God is listening! Sing to Him today.