If you are like me, song lyrics and melodies easily get stuck in your head. I often find myself humming or quietly singly the words to some simple kid’s TV theme song or toy. Sometimes my wife will interrupt with a smile, asking, “Whatcha singing there?” It just happens. I cannot control it. But there is potentially a powerful connection between perfectly wedded words, rhythm, rhyme, and melody. And no, I’m not talking about the Clifford Puppy Days or the Curious George theme song.
As we are about halfway through our journey of looking at the songs that Jesus sang, the book of Psalms, I’d encourage you to do some reading on your own. Doing some quick math, we will likely only be covering in our “Summer in the Psalms” series about five percent of the content that the Psalms offer. There is a lot of really good material you can check out. In preparation for preaching in this series, I read through a bunch of them. Even though we do not know the melodies or music, I found these ancient songs did some significant things in my soul:
- They helped me Refocus: A lot of the Psalms cause us to look upward to an almighty, infinite God. They encourage our gaze to be lifted above ourselves and the problems of the world to our Creator and Savior.
- They helped me Remember: Some Psalms looked to the past regarding God’s provision, goodness, and deliverance. They can bolster our trust in the heavenly Father, even when we do not see things clearly in front of us.
- They helped Refresh me: On many occasions the honesty of the Psalmist (the person who wrote the Psalm) is very refreshing. There was an openness in their walk with the Lord that allowed for deep emotions, petitions and questions. Sometimes I needlessly hide certain feelings, desires or questions from the Lord. He already knows! He sees! He cares! So why not pour out our hearts to Him?!
As we continue to compile a killer mix tape with these great hits from the Psalms this summer, I encourage you to dig into others on your own. Start wherever! Psalm 1… Psalm 40… Psalm 111… If you’d like, you could even get a jump start on the song we are going to look at this weekend (Spoiler Alert: Psalm 139). And, if you have a lot of time on your hands, try out the longest song, Psalm 119, which is also the longest chapter in the Bible. Whatever you choose to read, I’m sure you will pick up some wisdom, perspective, and encouragement. And hopefully, you might get some good lyrics stuck in your head!
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.