Music tends to center me. It focuses my life on what I value and what matters. It puts God at the center of my heart in any circumstance that I face. It combats my tendency to place myself in the center of my universe. I think we all need that.
Yesterday Shane and Shane’s “O Praise the Name” came on my streaming music app as I was driving. For the next 4 minutes my mind and my heart were focused solely on worship.
Do you have any songs that there’s not a volume setting loud enough on your speakers for? I’ve got several of those. If I’m driving I have to roll down the windows so that I can get just a little bit more volume without causing permanent hearing damage!
I do that with a lot of songs and that list is growing. Before the Throne Above, Ever Be, Amazed, Only King Forever, Unstoppable God, For the Lamb. Maybe you recognize those songs or not. That’s scattered between Shane and Shane, Bethel Worship, Elevation Worship, Crowder, and Desperation band. There’s many many more but that’s what comes to mind at this moment.
Music is emotion to me. The reason that music is so important is that those certain songs (which is an ever growing list) simultaneously generate and express emotion. They generate by bringing me to the base of the throne in worship. It’s not a physical bringing. It would never be something so limiting. It brings by heart to the throne by reminding me of the greatness of the Lord. Reminding me of his power, his wonder, his creation. It reminds me of his love for me and his presence in my life. In that moment of remembering and realization what is generated in my heart is also expressed in my response. Sometimes through singing, sometimes through listening, but always through remembering. And through loving.
It’s nothing so generic as a soft love for a God that is worshiped when he does my bidding or a God that loves without boundaries. I believe those versions of God exist only as our personal creation in our minds. A God I can create in my mind is not a God I worship. My love and worship are derived from awe and reverence of a powerful God that still reaches out, still works, and still loves despite his self-sufficiency. Not that he needs me, but that he wants me still. Not that I can offer anything he doesn’t already have, but he seeks me still.
My love and worship are derived from awe and reverence of a powerful God that still reaches out, still works, and still loves despite his self-sufficiency. Not that he needs me, but that he wants me still.
I understand that may not make sense to everyone. Maybe music doesn’t tune your soul (pun intended). Maybe a worshipful lifestyle is something that doesn’t compute for you. Maybe the idea of God or the attributes of God is a sticking point. Regardless, I believe that there are things in all our lives that brings us, in awe, to the realization of something magnificent. Something wonderful. Maybe it’s life, maybe it’s creation, maybe it’s reason. I attribute all these to God, but I’m not naive enough to think that all my readers share my same viewpoint. Regardless, I still believe there is high value in being in awe of that which reminds us that we live in a universe that we are not the center of. It is focused on another.
The reason that music is so important is that those certain songs simultaneously generate and express emotion.
Music tends to center me. It focuses my life on what I value and what matters. It puts God at the center of my heart in any circumstance that I face. It combats my tendency to place myself in the center of my universe. I think we all need that. Whether it be nature, poetry, art, children, etc. We always have to have something that reminds ourselves, at the very deepest level, that we are worshipers. That we are important, and we are loved, but we aren’t the center. And not only is that ok. It’s glorious.
What centers you in worship? If it’s music, please share what songs/artists speak to your heart.