Worship, Songs and Life
“Your statutes are my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” Psalm 119:54
The dynamics of our life at home have evolved over the years and have come to include a family devotional time. Our particular pattern is to share a Scripture passage, often as part of an ongoing reading of a book or chapter, and then have a short discussion about what that passage might mean in our lives. After that, we share some “good thing” that God has brought to each of us that day, or something that we were successful at accomplishing – all to recognize God’s goodness in our lives. We are able to share in this way four or five times a week.
At one point our path led to Psalm 119. I began to read this Psalm, section by section, and each night we would discuss the meaning of each section. As anyone who has read through this Psalm might realize, our discussions always turned toward the importance of God’s Word in the life of the Psalmist. Over and over again the writer of this Psalm declared, expounded, and stated in a multitude of ways how God’s Word penetrated every part of his thinking and activities, and really, his entire life.
Certainly, we had noted the importance of God’s Word in other passages, but my children seemed intrigued by how many ways the Psalmist wrote about the Word of God. He used descriptive words like commandments, laws, precepts, statutes, ways, testimonies and others to paint a broad picture of how God’s Word infiltrated every idea, thought and action of the Psalmist. We couldn’t help realizing that the presence of God’s Word in the Psalmist’s mind and heart did not just transform his mind, but changed his life. He recognized the value of the constant presence of God’s Word.
I like the short phrase from verse 54, “Your statutes are my songs…” As worship leaders and musicians, I’m sure we find ourselves leading songs that are full of Biblical references – either as direct quotes from the Bible, or in some form of paraphrase. These musical representations of Scripture are important, and often a vital method of hiding His Word in our hearts (another quote from Psalm 119:11). We shouldn’t underestimate the value of God’s Word and music combined in such a manner.
On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder if the Psalmist might mean something quite different when he says that God’s Words are his songs. Because the “statutes” refer to God’s directives for how to live life, could the Psalmist mean that by following these statutes life becomes a sort of “melody”? Could it be that, rather than an actual song (with music and notes), that the pleasure of living life according to God’s Word produces a life that “sings” in harmony with God’s purposes?
Consider how much of our life we live that we cannot, or at least should not, burst out into song. We may be listening to or giving a lecture, playing hockey, welding a frame, or completing any number of tasks from caring for a child or the elderly, to depositing a check into the bank. Does God’s Word so fill us that we see our daily activities as an extension of living His Word out into daily life? Could it be that our obedience in life could become a melody of living?
Think of it in this way: maybe the Psalmist is suggesting that our lives are songs springing from the heart of God, through His Word, into our world. What an awesome life that would be!
Lord, may we learn to become a melody of life based on Your Word. Grant us submissive and obedient hearts to live out Your Word through each day, in each decision and in each interaction with those around us. In Jesus name, Amen.
Posted on June 9, 2015, in Christian Worldview, Content of Worship, Corporate Worship, Leadership, theology, Worship Leader and tagged Mark Sooy, theology, worldview, worship, worship leader, WorshipThink. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.