I grew up in a home with a mother who does not like music.  You mean certain genres of music, right?  Nope.  She hates music.  All music.  She feels assaulted by it because everywhere you go there is music–the store, the elevator, church, everywhere!

For that reason I have grown up without music as part of the equation.  When I go on a long car rides I love it, not for the music but for the chance to pray for an extended period of time.  I don’t even think to turn on the radio and it startles me when someone does.

Lately I’ve been memorizing the Psalms as I have a lifetime goal of memorizing the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.  I was working on Psalm 9 and it begins like this:

“I will praise you O Lord with all my heart,
I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you,
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

Time and time again singing praise to the Lord is an example and a command.  For many people this comes naturally, for me this is something I must be intentional about.  Not because I’m not appreciate of all that the Lord is doing, but because music is not a first thought.

So today I began praising the Lord in the car with a CD in the player.  As I was singing I began to think about what it is going to be like to be in heaven, all singing together, with the full reality of the glory and goodness of the Lord right there.  And I really believe it’s not going to be just solemn, funeral sounding music but really a celebration and a party as well as holy.  My eyes watered.  I can only imagine.

When I finally arrived at my destination, my thought was this.

“It is good praise the Lord and to make music to your name, O Most High, to declare your loving-kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness at night.”

Song from Psalm 147:1

What is your song today?