When We Learned To Fly, a series on how the arts inform our worship of Jesus.
Roberta Cruz reflects on Sunday's sermon and the songs deriving from David's darkest hours to his redemption.
Have you ever heard a song and thought “this is the perfect song to play in the soundtrack of my life”? There’s just something about a song that has a way of expressing words you didn’t even know you had.
How lucky that we know the ultimate songwriter and luckier still that we have full access to the lyrics.
Take these songs in Psalm 32 for instance
The Heavy Song – “ For when I kept silent my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3)
The best songs are honest songs, David admits that his heart was heavy, he was burdened by his own darkness. Darkness that we all have but is usually hard to say out loud. David reminds us that when we can’t speak, we can sing. And that song can set us free.
The freedom to sing a..
“How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!” (Psalm32:1)
David tells us that our joy doesn’t come from a thing but an identity, I am forgiven. I am loved. God sees my darkness and still chooses me. Did you ever notice how culture is constantly attempting to justify its ugliness? If only we knew the One who Justifies. The One who turns songs of lament into songs of glee. Can you imagine the impact this song could have on the world, imagine if listening to our song of joy could show others that they could have that joy too?
Because if it did, then we could sing together...
The Family Song
“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Mark 14:26)
When was the last time we invited someone to listen to a song we loved, when if ever did we invite them to hear our song? The song in our hearts, telling of mourning, freedom and redemption. God in all his beautiful lyricism has given you songs to sing, let the world listen.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16)