This is day 31 of 31 Days of Songs and Stories. For an index of all the posts in the series, click here.
Today we reach the last post in the series 31 Days of Songs and Stories. For the last month we have shared stories of God using music to speak and encourage, and explored the stories behind some well-known worship songs.
I have certainly been encouraged by this series- by remembering some of the times God has used music in my life, by reading the stories of songwriters and friends, and by being introduced to new songs by some of the guests who have posted here. I hope it has been an encouragement to you too.
Today I have one final story, which I think brings out the main point that I have taken from this series.
A couple of years ago I went to church with a lot on my mind. There were various trials and problems in different areas of my life and they were weighing me down. Towards the end of the service, as we were worshipping, we sang this song “Our Father in heaven.”
I sat down, closed my eyes and just let the words and music wash over me. As I did, I could see in my mind all the difficulties and struggles, all the situations I wished were different. I started praying about these things, bringing them before God.
As we reached the part of the song which declares, “Yours is the Kingdom, yours is the power, yours is the glory forever, Amen,” it was as if my eyes were raised away from my problems and worries, and I looked up and saw God sovereign over it all.
In my mind I saw Jesus sitting on the throne. He was wearing a crown to show that he was King, but the thing that struck me was that it was a crown of thorns and yet it was made of gold, and it was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.
It showed suffering turned to glory and reminded me that in the midst of it all, God was still on the throne and that he had a plan to work things together for good.
And doesn’t that sum up worship- lifting our eyes from ourselves and our own situations to the God who reigns above it all? We have seen that played out in people’s lives in so many different situations through this series.
I’m going to give the final words to Matt Redman as I think they sum it up beautifully:
“When we sing songs that point us toward eternity, they remind us that there is a plan and that there is a bigger picture. There is a God who is ever present in our stories, and for all the brokenness that clouds our souls here and now, one day we will encounter the fullness of His unfathomably bright majesty and mercy.”
Thank you for joining with me in this series. Thank you to Debby, Gabriele, Shauna, Tara, Anna, Chloe, Marie and Meghan for sharing their stories in guest posts, and to each one of you who has read along.
31 Days has been fun and incredibly rewarding but also rather tiring, so I am going to be taking a short break from blogging. I may post for Five Minute Friday if I feel inspired but I won’t be planning to post apart from that for the next few weeks as there are some other things I need to focus on. Look forward to catching up with you soon!
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