The other day I found myself cruising down the road in my super-cool minivan with the window rolled down and the music blasting. The song, a circa 1989 New Kids On the Block hit (awesomeness viewable here), immediately transported me back to my youth and suddenly I was singing my heart out. There is no doubt that I looked like a complete nut to any passer-by, but it didn’t matter. I was having fun. Sure, I was still a 40-year-old woman who lives in the suburbs with a never-ending to-do list and more student loan debt than I care to think about, but while that song played, all my stress, anxiety, and frazzle melted away.
Music has a way of moving our souls in a way that nothing else can. In moments of great joy, music gives us a method to shout our happiness to the world that mere words simply can’t provide. In our darkest moments, the right song can reach inside of us and reassure us that we do not hurt alone. In short, music can move us, inspire us, and comfort us.
Music can also give a more complete expression to our convictions than simple statements of belief. This Sunday we will enfold ourselves in the sacred songs of our faith and celebrate the music that enriches our lives and our worship. For me, even the titles of certain songs create visceral reactions of wonder and thanksgiving: “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “Holy, Holy, Holy,” and “Blessed Assurance” are just a few. What are the songs that give life to your worship, comfort to your pain, or hope to your darknesses? In worship this week, you will have a chance to request one of these songs for the congregation to sing a verse or two of. Come find a spot in the pews a few moments before worship to locate your song in our hymnal. Together we will indeed make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
See you soon!