The Stones Would Cry Out

Deep down -- like deep, deep, deep down -- I am a singer.

I always said my kids always went to sleep when I sang to them - generally out of self-defense. It would just be mean to be a witty ginger AND be able to have such a talent (Reba MacIntyre excluded). So, here I am, standing in my closet, getting ready for my day, and worshipping by song at the top of my lungs.

The good news? Worship through song is just one way to worship.

Music can evoke all kinds of emotions. Studies have been done about how music affects the emotional centers of our brain. Creating, listening to, or participating in music heightens those emotional centers. And, as emotional beings, we like that. I mean, Barry Manilow wrote the songs that made the young girls cry, and Pharrell Williams wrote a song that encouraged us to be happy. We love music… and the feelings that music evokes.


The day after my Grandmother’s funeral I stood in the Sanctuary, and we started to sing “No Longer Slaves” by Hillsong. I’m not sure I actually formulated any words; but in those moments of grief and tears, you better believe I was worshipping. And another time, while standing in the middle of the Student Ministry, music on 10 and everyone jumping up and down making the floor shake, with a big smile on my face, I was absolutely worshipping.

I’m sure most of you have a story of a song connecting you to God in an instant. That’s the beauty of worshipping through song. Not only does it connect us with the Father and evoke emotions, it can happen wherever we are. From your car to arenas to your closet (believe me, I sound great there), we can worship through song.

Jesus answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!” (Luke 19:40)

Friends, it’s a gift to make that joyful noise. You were given a voice, and we aren’t going to let those rocks take our turn at worshipping the One that gave us that voice… and everything else.

Lord, thank You for the gift of music and song, especially as we worship You. Thank You for music teachers, worship leaders, and those that play instruments who are willing to take the time to lead us in hymns, psalms, and songs that glorify You. We also thank You for the moments of worship when we are alone. When it’s just You, the music and us. Amen.

By Carrie Peterson
 
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  

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