Yesterday I found a CD of a very dear friend, and I decided to play it for my 2 year old while we were driving. Since there are only a few songs on the album, it ended much more quickly than most, and she immediately started asking for me to play it again. I decided to put it on repeat, and I think it was the third time of singing along to one of the songs that a couple of words caught my attention, so I decided to start it again and really listen to the words.
Wow, so many things were stirring in my spirit because the song was perfectly my message! With tears in my eyes and stirring in my spirit I begin to question how I’ve listened to this song so many times and never realized what the words were saying. Not only had I listened to it so many times, but I’ve been singing along to it also. God really spoke to me in that moment and revealed two things that I wanted to share with you.
1) You will hear my message when the timing is right. Keep yourself in the word and surrounded by my truth. Those words of mine that you’ve read over and again will find new meaning to you in the right time.
In that moment, I started thinking about the times I’ve read scriptures that I could have recited from memory for years, but all of a sudden there was a meaning to them that had never been there before. It’s not about memorizing God’s word. It’s about studying them, putting meaning to them and revisiting them often because depending on what you’re going through at the time, those words can certainly change their meaning. Have you ever heard that the Bible is a living word? It is living because of that very reason. You can read the same thing over and again and find something new almost every time. It’s meaning will speak to your specific needs and in the right time.
I realize that I wasn’t reading God’s word, but I was listening to music created from a scripture in the Word, and God used it to speak to me yesterday in a way that is unexplainable. I only wish I could put it into words.
Then, God hit me with another revelation
2) Look how easy it is to allow things into your mind, body and soul without even realizing what you’re doing.
What? I mean, yeah, I had been singing along to this song for a couple of years now, and I guess it took that long for me to stop and really hear the words I was singing, but how does that allow things in like that? That’s when I realized that it doesn’t matter what kind of music we listen to, we are taking those words in, and a lot of times we don’t even really know what the message is. Does that make sense at all? Think about the times you’ve listened to different songs, and if you’re like me you might be yelling them out at the top of your lungs when you’re by yourself. How many of those times do you really listen to the message?
Today I wanted to test it a little. I tried to make it a point today to stop in the middle of singing the songs on the radio and really listen to what the words were about. Obviously I knew the words, but what was I actually singing about? On 3 different radio stations, I realized that more times than not I was just singing without listening. Some songs had a great message, but there were several songs that I honestly was embarrassed I even knew the words to that had very degrading messages.
Our eyes and ears are so fragile and take in so much information daily. We are the only ones who can protect what we allow inside. The enemy is sneaky and works in a way where we don’t always even realize we’re allowing him in. It doesn’t mean you can only allow yourself to listen to Christian music or watch Christian TV, but just be aware of the message that you allow inside of you. Next time you’re singing your favorite song, consider the words and message that you’re speaking to yourself. Is it something that helps your soul, or are you speaking words that might somehow affect the way you view yourself or others? Just something to think about . . .