More Than A Song:
Music has a way of either jogging your memory or causing a song to get stuck in your head. As a product of the 1970's, it doesn't take much for a song from that time or something that someone says; to take me back to my days of leisure suits, John Travolta's Saturday Night Fever hair, and platform shoes. Yes, I was all of that. There might even be some pictures out there somewhere.
A good example of getting a song stuck in your head is with our Families Pastor, Matt McDonald. I can walk into a room where he is, sing a portion of a song and BOOM, it's stuck in his head for the rest of the day. It's one of my favorite things to do. You all should try, but he might need counseling after.
I think all of us have a song that either is about or reminds us of God and His faithfulness. When we hear that song, we are reminded of how He was present during that time. What about you? What song is that, and what does it remind you about Him? In our busy world, if we are not intentional,; we can go several hours, days, even weeks without really reminding ourselves of how faithful God is and how worthy of all our devotion He is. But this is not new to us.
The early church also had the challenge of busyness and distractions in what God has called them to be and do. When you read Paul's letters, you can see that he not only mentioned those things, but he also did his best to "jog their memory to the faithfulness of God. One of the things Paul used to do that was...you guessed it, music. The early church had what theologians call 'hymnic literature'. An example of this can be found in Paul's letter to the believers in Colosse. Not only was their faith being challenged, but their very lives were also at stake. Paul used a well known 'song' to them to remind them of the God they served.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heave and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell," -
Colossians 1:15-19 ESV
Now that is a song that we all need stuck in our head, so that we never forget WHY He is so WORTHY of our worship and all of our lives!