My hearing tests perfect, but I am The Worst at hearing the lyrics to songs. As a child I sang Away In a Manger on Christmas Eve at Grandma’s house changing one line to “But little George Jesus no crying he makes…” Course when you’re a kid and Grandpa’s name is George, everybody thinks your mistake is so cute. Not so much when your an adult, a diplomat no less, trading out some words in The Star Spangled Banner.
This morning the temptation to keep reading an engrossing paranormal novel came at me, and I turned away thinking, Wasn’t it just last night I asked friends on our FFHA* Facebook group if there was anything I could pray over for them? Thus, the singing began with a tune from our last church service in The Netherlands.
I sing because You are good
And I dance because You are good
And I shout because You are good
You are good to me, to me
Well, I didn’t even remember the words to the chorus I saw on screen a few days ago. My version went something like this: I shout because you are good, And I laugh because you are good, And I dance because you are good, You are good to me. And I live because you are good, and I…
You get the picture.
There’s another worship song I alter purposefully to use when speaking about Biblical Financial Principles. Titled “The Heart of Worship” we sing a prayer, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship, And it’s all about you, It’s all about you Jesus. I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, When it’s all about you, It’s all about you Jesus.” My version repeats this chorus several times with various substitutions. “I’m coming back to the heart of my marriage…I’m coming back to the heart of parenting…I’m coming back to the heart of my finances, And it’s all about you, It’s all about you Jesus.”
I love how this song works for, well, most every thing, and it includes a confession. Keeping the eyes of my soul focused on Jesus isn’t easy. Squirrel! I’m easily distracted. Then I can turn back at any moment, day or night singing, “I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, When it’s all about you, It’s all about you Jesus.”
In the Bible book of Psalms it is written, “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth” (Psalms 96:1). You and I may not have the talent to write new songs, but I sure can make new songs out of old ones without even trying. Maybe you don’t even know any so-called church songs, but I don’t think that matters when we choose to sing to God. “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness.”
We might turn Hoobastank’s The Reason into a prayer or Evanescence’s Wake Me Up Inside. The Lord our God will rejoice over us.
I love that about Him.
*FFHA stands for Friends of Future Hope Africa, the FB group of our NGO that is currently crowdfunding the only Vacation Bible School in East Congo. Check us out!