Sunday, February 7, 2010

Soul Food

I love music. I mean, who doesn’t right?

I listened to a lot of different types of music growing up: rock, pop, country
(we will not discuss my Tupac phase). I sometimes like to reminisce with 90s groups and the big-hair 80s bands. I never really listened to a lot of Christian music (outside of church)… maybe a few songs here and there.

But I am beginning to realize how much music can affect me.

Music has a very rare quality.

The sound of voices and instruments melded together can reach places that other things simply can not. It can change your mood. It can make you angry, happy, sad, joyful, and sorrowful. It has the capacity to move you to tears.

A simple song can pull at a distant memory, a lost feeling, and for a moment you can relive the past.

When you are hurting, some music can definitely make you feel worse. But certain songs can uplift your spirit and breathe new life into a weary soul.

I believe this is one of the reasons God blessed our world with song.

That, of course, and as a way to praise Him… There is nothing like standing in a room full of hundreds of people singing worship songs. I realize now that the time before the message when the church is singing, isn’t just for fun. Music can speak to you on a level that a preacher can’t.

Although I am pretty new to the Christian music scene, I have found some groups that I really like; MercyMe, Casting Crowns, and Selah are awesome.
(I would love any other recommendations)... I like everything from contemporary to gospel.

I love this song by needtobreathe...

I know I won't totally give up my love for good ol' rock and roll, but I do get the need for some soul music too...

How 'bout you?

Psalm 33:2-3:

2Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;
Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.
3Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.