We sing the song, “All I Have is Christ” (written by Jordan Kauflin from Sovereign Grace Music in Kentucky) at Peace at regular intervals and many in our congregation find it worshipful and singable. The last line in verse 3 is as follows: “And let my song forever be, “My only boast is you”.
What song is in your heart? What I mean is, what do you focus your attention on? Certainly when we’re in church, we’re focusing on God and his goodness, but what about on a rainy Monday when the kids are late for school and your boss has asked you to come in early and stay late to handle some special project for the company executives? What is your song when depression sets in or a loved one dies? What is your song when money is tight and close relationships are strained?
Of course, I don’t simply mean the songs you literally sing (although, music can help us remember song lyrics or hymn texts that are extraordinarily comforting or strengthening). Of course, I mean much more than this. The information, news, entertainment, etc., we come into contact with can very much shape our thinking. All of this should be overshadowed by Bible reading, listening to sermons, reading good Christian devotional books and of course, prayer. But singing songs of the faith should not be left out. In fact, it’s a good habit to do family worship together, where the family sings songs and listens to the Bible together. My children are learning many songs of the faith at home, which will eventually help them to articulate their faith. It is also encouraging to my wife and me, as we sing with our children as we become spiritually strengthened as a family by singing together.
So what is your song? Below are some Bible passages to remind us of the “song” that should be in our hearts, no matter what our life situation is.
The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2 (after being chased by the Egyptians across the dried up Red Sea)
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. - Psalm 118:14
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” - Isaiah 12:2
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Here are some music resources that you may find helpful to add to your “song”: