I was so amazed at what happened at Bunnings before Christmas.
Reference: Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. (Psalm 33:2 NIV)
Explore: My five and six year old boys are constantly on the go. From the moment they wake up to when their heads hit the pillow at night, they are loud, active, boisterous boys.
That’s why I was so amazed at what happened at Bunnings before Christmas.
Bunnings is a large handyman store that, when viewed through the eyes of a young boy, has large aisles to run down and shelves filled with things to touch. I had to go there with the boys before Christmas to buy my husband a present and I prepared myself for the worst.
I’d spoken to the boys about proper store behaviour before going in and I had 10 different bribery options at hand! But I never anticipated what we would find inside the store.
I tried to be as quick as I could and went straight to the area I needed, but on the way my boys just stopped and stood still. The Salvation Army was setting up a band to play Christmas songs and my boys just stood transfixed.
I was hesitant to let them stay as I wanted to keep them close by, but they asked to sit and watch, and that they did. Every time I went to check on them they had not moved and they continued to stare at the band before them.
I was amazed! These boys were surrounded by hundreds of interesting items to touch, but they sat quietly listening to a brass band play ‘We Three Kings’. Thank God for the Salvos!
Application: Some say that music is the universal language. It’s amazing the emotion it can conjure and the impact it can have. Imagine a movie without a sound track or a TV show without a theme song.
For me, I love music, particularly when it’s involved with worshipping God. The words of the songs, but particularly the emotion portrayed through the melody, can help me express my feelings towards God.
We are often surrounded by music so much that we forget its impact. But when it comes to glorifying God, I tend to agree with the Psalms, when they speak of using every type of instrument to proclaim God’s glory. When we do, amazing moments can be created.
Prayer: Lord God, You are worthy of all our praise. May we use all the gifts and abilities You have given us to praise Your holy name. Amen.
What do you appreciate about music?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.