“Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” (ESV)
You end up believing what you make a habit of singing.
I’ve seen that principle at work in a number of ways through the years. I’ll sometimes hear someone say, “Doesn’t the Bible say such-and-such?”
Quite often, the Bible didn’t say what they think it said. What they were quoting was a lyric from a song or hymn. But it had taken root so deeply within them—and had become so formative in their minds—that they assumed it came from the Bible.
Music has that kind of influential power. Parents know it. Teachers know it. And advertisers know it. I think God knows it too.
But why do I bring this up now?
Because at this time of year the melodies of the birth of Christ rise from their slumber and sing us their songs. And we are their students.
“Oh come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant…”
“What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?…”
“Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light…”
So why not use it as an opportunity? For yourself, and for those you love.
If you have children, surround them with the songs of the Saviour.
If you’re in the car, leverage the melodies that have power to lift your soul after a dark day.
If you have friends over, decorate the air with the love of God.
The ear knows something of the power of God that the eye knows not.
At this time of year the melodies of the birth of Christ rise from their slumber and sing us their songs. And we are their students.
Music can inspire dreams because it puts wings on words.
And on people too.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Speaking of music (!), yesterday I published a blog with my latest song. It’s a (rough) live recording of me playing “From Heaven to Earth” during the Sunday service at Westminster. You can check out the recording and lyric video here. Enjoy!