Chuck Terrill: Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord
Did you ever get a song stuck in your head?
One that goes around and around without end? That can be so annoying!
"Father Abraham; had many sons; many sons had Father Abraham; I am one of them; and so are you; soooo…let's …just …praise …the…Lord. Right arm!"
There. I've done it to you! Father Abraham will run through your mind endlessly all day long: “Right arm! Left arm! Right Leg! Left leg! Head in! Head out! Turn around! Sit down!” (It will annoy you especially when you lay your head on your pillow tonight, and try to go to sleep.)
Though a song stuck in your head may be annoying, it is not damaging. But some thoughts stick in our heads that damage us.
"You aren't any good."
"No one loves you."
"You always blow it."
"There's no hope for you."
Thoughts like those will eventually destroy you. Where do thoughts like that come from? They are planted in our minds by our enemy, Satan. The devil keeps singing the same chorus over and over to us. It is a song that is entitled "God certainly does not care for the likes of you." The devil's song has many tunes, but only one refrain. We hear it over and over. The demonic attack is more than annoying; if we aren't vigilant, he will steal our faith.
How do you get rid of the devil's song that is stuck in your head?
Replace the devil's song with a better song. Paul wrote "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought, to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10.5).
Replace the devil's messages with the song of Christ. Let worship renew your heart. Fill your heart with faith and praise.
"Speak to one another with songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks for God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5.19)
"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish each other with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3.16).
Get a song stuck in your head that you will never tire of. Let the worship of God overwhelm you. Be radically transformed by worship. Will you allow me to suggest a song? The music and lyrics are by Alfred H. Ackley.
I Serve A Risen Savior, He’s In The World Today;
I Know That He Is Living, Whatever Men May Say;
I See His Hand Of Mercy, I Hear His Voice Of Cheer,
And Just The Time I Need Him He’s Always Near.
In All The World Around Me I See His Loving Care,
And Tho’ My Heart Grows Weary I Never Will Despair;
I Know That He Is Leading Thro’ All The Stormy Blast,
The Day Of His Appearing Will Come At Last.
Rejoice, Rejoice, O Christian, Lift Up Your Voice And Sing
Eternal Hallelujahs To Jesus Christ The King!
The Hope Of All Who Seek Him, The Help Of All Who Find,
None Other Is So Loving, So Good And Kind.
He Lives, He Lives, Christ Jesus Lives Today!
He Walks With Me And Talks With Me Along Life’s Narrow Way.
He Lives, He Lives, Salvation To Impart!
You Ask Me How I Know He Lives! He Lives Within My Heart.
Let those truths reverberate through your soul for a while! Sing it like you believe it! Feed you with faith with the things of God and you will starve your fears to death!
By the way, Father Abraham did have many sons. I am one of them, and so are you. So let's just praise the Lord.
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.