So I admit there are still a couple of hold overs from my young adult/hippie life. One of them is finding a song I LOVE and playing it over and over and over and ... you get the idea ... as loud as I can stand it until I am sick of it. Well, more like everyone else is sick of it because I LOVE it so much that I don't get sick of it.
The best opportunity for this kind of indulgence is when no one is around and there is a chore to do (like cleaning the house) that maybe said ex-hippie doesn't particularly feel motivated to do BUT nevertheless these mundane things must be done.
Music is the road to take us places. God created it for His purposes. Unlike my rock 'n roll days, I choose to listen to music that leads my heart to places in God. Music that raises the standard. Music that exhorts and exalts what God purposed in my heart to become. Music that pleases and/or wouldn't offend the heart of my Savior.
Music can either feed our emotions and our fantasies or it can feed our spiritual life and serve to further our longing for God and His kingdom. It's really easy to tell what music is doing in your soul. Just stop while listening to any given genre and ask yourself what it is leading you to think about, where it is taking your emotions, or what memories of your 'old self' is it helping you to relive.
Anyway, last week while I was cleaning house I was singing along to this song and all of a sudden right in the middle of cleaning the toilet I was weeping in the presence of God's love and worshiping Him. This is a highly recommended way to get the housework done!
Today, the same song cranked out in rotation while doing the same sort of high priority chores and I just went ahead and pushed the repeat button to hear it over and over and over... very loudly. I don't know loud just seems better.
Would you like to hear it too? Let me know if you like it enough to blast it on your i-pod speakers and sing at the top of your voice while working.
Disclaimer: the video is less than great... but the music is Jeremy Riddle; More Than A Friend
In the quiet of my soul,
in the stillness
I hear your voice
and I am overwhelmed
and I am lost for words
to describe You
Jesus, you're more than a friend
Jesus, you're more than my heart
could ever express
Your love and your grace never fail
Your merciful touch always heals me
You bring joy to my soul