“Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!” – Psalm 105:2
I love this quote and I wholeheartedly believe it. Music has a way of completely changing my mood. I would say that music as a huge part of my life. The Bible is filled with stories of people making joyful noise unto the Lord. Song is an important part of human life and provide immense benefit to all of us. If I’m not listening to music, I am humming my favorite song, sometimes dancing or smiling because I am thinking of a particular song.
While music is so personal and what I like might not be moving to you, I wanted to share something that I think is an important part of me. Here are 5 ways praising God through music has benefited me and my family and it can do the same for you. These songs does wonders for helping me find the joy within.
1. It makes Sundays special
On Sundays my family knows that they will wake up to my favorite praise and worship songs and I like to think they enjoy it as well. It warms my heart when I see my kids singing along and feeling the spirit with me. This is a great way to teach children about Jesus and they are more likely to participate through songs. It is my hope that they will not only listen to the sounds of the music but also take in the words and believe in their hearts that they are loved, that they are amazing and that they have a Father who wants only the best for them. I absolutely love Reckless Love by Cory Ashbury.
2. It brings us together
I remember as a little girl, my parents always had music playing. I didn’t appreciate it then, of course, but it left a lasting impression on me. I found that songs that praise and worship God can transform the entire mood in my house. When I hear the kids fighting, when there is talk back and tension, when there is a sour mood in the air, these songs can be a real game changer. I hope my children will be praising and worshipping through songs when they have families of their own. I hope they know how much they are loved! If you need a reminder have a listen to Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin.
3. It allows the Spirit to work
My son Nathan was in a bad mood on Sunday after I announced that we were going to church while daddy took older brother to the emergency room to get his injured collar bone looked at. He was not happy even though church is a weekly part of our family routine. I could have given him yet another lecture about how “in this family we go to church on Sundays” or I could have said that “I’m in charge and what I said goes” but instead I grabbed my phone, clicked on YouTube and played one of my favorite songs “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams. I stood there singing it to him and I could see his attitude changing before my eyes. He started smiling a little, nodding his head and before I knew it we were both wrapped in the spirit and dancing around the living room. Shortly after, he announced that he was going to get dressed for church. Thank you, Lord! While this is definitely not the usual response, it shows that we all need reminder sometimes of God’s amazing love and goodness. Its also a reminder that sometimes we need to get out of the way and let the Spirit work for us.
4. It reminds me of whose I am.
Last week, I woke up in an unusually grumpy mood. I consider myself a morning person and do and feel my best early in the day, so this was not ordinary for me. On this particular day, I had not slept well and felt overwhelmed thinking of the day ahead and all the projects, errands and running around that I would have to do. I let myself get distracted and focused on my own limitations instead of His power within me. So I did what I always do when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I said a prayer and asked God for His guidance and strength for the day ahead. Then I played the songs that I know would lift my spirit.
And can I tell you, it works every time! You too can utilize the power of music. The song “I belong to God” by Big Daddy Weave is such a joy to my life.
5. It reminds me of God’s power and love
When I am at work or home and I feel fearful and anxious I know its because I have taken my eyes off my God and focus on myself. Music, like “In the Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson and “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams brings me such peace and reassurance that He loves me and watches over me and I am equipped for whatever I am facing.
Well, there you have it. So pop in those head-phones while you’re doing the dishes or turn up the radio or iPhone while making lunches for your kids. Give all your worries to Him, who can do all things.
These are my favorites right now and I am excited to discover some new ones as time goes by. Do you use praise and worship in your everyday life as well? What are your favorite praise and worship songs that move your spirit? Please share it in the comment below.