Manna Through Music

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This morning I was sitting here thinking about how often I blog about songs and lyrics.  I’ve shared many instances of waking up either in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning with a tune on my heart.

Although there is no way to prove it, I am convinced that some of these moments are gifts picked out especially for me by my Creator.  Could I be wrong?  Sure.  But even if I am wrong, I am thankful for these moments.  It’s a great way to start the day.  So often these moments contain a theme that my heart ends up revisiting.  As my eyes open for a new day, these instances point my heart in the direction it needs to go. reminding me of this important truth:

I’m still here and God’s still with me.

This morning it was these words in David Crowder’s song After All (Holy)

“You are Holy, holy, holy, holy”

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The first few words I read from today’s devotional after getting out of bed made me smile. They were reaffirming:   “I am with you. watching over you constantly. I am Immanuel (God with you).”  Most mornings I also like to read a Psalm and Proverb too.  Today I read Psalm 29.

Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings
    honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
 Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
    Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
    The God of glory thunders.
    The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
    the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
    he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with bolts of lightning.
The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
    The Lord reigns as king forever.
 The Lord gives his people strength.
    The Lord blesses them with peace.

Two verses that caught my eye as I read,  “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness…”In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”

After reading, I took a listen to Crowder’s song again. The lyrics just beyond the ones playing on repeat in my heart this morning caught my attention.  They fit so well with Psalm 29.

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory, glory
My soul it overflows full of your glory, your glory
Oh blessed is he who reigns, full of your glory, your glory
My cup, it can’t contain all of your glory, your glory

Today, I am thankful that we have evidence of His glory and His holiness all around us. I pray we are listening when He speaks to us.  I pray we have hearts and minds open enough to perceive it.  True, sometimes the voice of the Lord thunders over the mighty sea.  Other times, His voice is in a beautiful song we hear just before sunrise…ushering in a new day

6 thoughts on “Manna Through Music

  1. Bill (cycelguy)

    I am a music person Eileen. I can’t play a lick. My singing is dubious at best. But I love music. Except for when i am studying or riding my bike, I have music on about all the time. It feeds my soul (for the most part). There are times I do listen to music which only has a mood effect or reflects my mood. But music is often manna for me.

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  2. Betty Draper

    I put music on my post a lot, sometimes just the words of a song will do. I comment at times with a song because that is what pops into my mind as I read. I don’t to it while I write because it seem to distract me and stops the flow from my heart. In years past I learned a new song almost every week because I sang a lot in other churches so I kept up on the latest southern gospel song. IN this day , I find my self with a head full of good solid songs that says things better then I can. When I do learn a new song I play it till everyone around me roll their eyes. Love your words Eileen, God has given you wisdom. Blessings.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      I can’t write and listen to music either, Betty. I even have a hard time reading a blog post if there is music playing on the blog.

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  3. Jon Stolpe

    I confess that I often don’t stop the podcast listening or the blog reading and writing long enough to turn on the music. This past weekend, I traveled to the Poconos to go camping with some good friends of mine. I intentionally left my phone in the car for the weekend (except to call my wife once a day). On the way home, I listed to Mumford & Sons Babel album several times. There was something very refreshing about unplugging and connecting to the Creator through silence and music.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Love Mumford & Sons. I often have to force myself to turn the music off and listen to silence…that’s so needed too.

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