Tonight my youngest Andrew starts guitar lessons. He has wanted to learn to play the guitar for years, and tonight he will get the chance. Yesterday he was attempting to tune his guitar in anticipation of the evening’s activities. Since the rest of the family was otherwise occupied, he was calling on my services to help him tune it up. There’s one small problem there – I am the one that has the least amount of musicality in the family. Lets just say that on Karaoke night at family functions, well the volume is turned up on the track, and in Rock Band competitions, I do not get the microphone.
And its funny that it’s that way, because I find myself so driven to sing praise, and so inspired by lyrics and so interesting in having music around me. I find that the power of music to keep me moving in the right direction is really amazing.
And so, last night, there I was again at a school concert! This time, the BBS Chorus, with which my sister-in-law, Lori, does an outstanding job in teaching and leading each year. (But that’s a lesson for another day – one of giving your all to bring the best out of others). Anyway, they finished last night with In Christ Alone.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Its such a well written song, and was presented in a very special way last night. As you can tell the music sticks with me, and it strengthens me. I hope that if you know this song it will become an ear worm for you today and provide you with a little motivation to tackle a Monday with passion and power! In Christ we are free, and we have a freedom that is absolutely amazing to comprehend. We are free, we are safe.
Sing it today, and if you see Andrew, give him a little extra encouragement – maybe one day he will impact people with his music!
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:11 (New International Version)
1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33:1 (New International Version)