The Lord gifted the birds to sing a lovely melody to Him early in the morning.(Psalm 147:7)
Music is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. However, I must confess I enjoyed music as a child but as an adult, I did not possess a large collection of music. I did not have a particular genre or artist that I liked. I do not play an instrument, nor do I sing for public ears to hear... (lol). However, God's plan for me changed so many things in my life including a new-found love of music... Like many of us, I rely on talented men and women to bring the tune, melodies, and lyrics to life. However, I DO believe that Music is a gift from heaven. My story started when a friend introduced me to her songs where I heard and felt a stirring in my soul of spiritual nature. As she faded from my life ... And with each passing day, my focus became clear, and God began to gently guide me to songs that spoke to my heart and soul delivering thought-provoking messages. I felt a love that I had never experienced before, and this LOVE began to grow... It seems that the music and lyrics began to fuel a spark for God that laid dormant in my heart and soul for a very long time. And that spark became a fire and my relationship with God became alive. Several months ago, my new found loves merged and that blew my soul wide open. That day like many days before I had been listening to a song on my iPhone’s earbuds while writing in my note app.
When suddenly from nowhere my writing began to be my prayer to my Heavenly Father... Then with the music playing something magical happened. I found my communication with God became alive with a passion I did not even know existed. My prayers were no longer flat and robotic. or as I describe them “grey” they were full of vibrant colors and held a love for God that has grown to a beautiful mutual love and understanding. My prayers are no longer prayers, but indeed they have become conversations. Since that day I have continued to listen to music and write my communication (prayers) with him. I now have over 290+ songs that I have downloaded most within the last 22 months. To continue my quest for knowledge about the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. And from the gentle nudging of a dear friend, four weeks ago I finally started to open the Bible. And to my excitement and surprise, I found music engrained and travels throughout the pages of the Bible ... Did you know there are over 1150 verses in the Bible that reference a form of the following words, which may be related to music: music. melody. song. hymn. instrument. sound. As a gift to yourself, I challenge you to try praying to music that moves your soul. You may never be the same. (earbuds and writing your conversations with God is fully recommended) ❤.
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” Ephesians 5:19 KJV
'I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.' Psalms 104:33
'Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.'
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