OK, wanna know a pet peeve of mine?
Those dumb TV jingles that just get stuck in your head.
They play over and over like a needle stuck in the groove of a record (any youngsters out there, just ask your parents, or grandparents what a record is…oh dear I'm getting older…)
Know what I mean?
Their annoying little tunes just rattle around and refuse to be quiet. And I'll tell you what – they DO NOT make me want to buy the product. In fact, even if I might consider buying it, I will not just because of the stupid jingle. I'm a stubborn old coot –
So, over the last few months, I've noticed something unusual happening in my head…
I'm waking up with random Christian songs in my head. And throughout the day, they keep playing over and over. At first, I found this a little upsetting – and yes, a little annoying. It's that *jingle thing* I thought. (Plus, it really bugs me that though these tunes won't go away, for the life of me I can "oh so easily" forget where I put my glasses or my keys! GRRR…)
But then, the Holy Spirit gave me this tremendous insight.
"Sharon, these songs and lyrics are not *randomly* appearing in your head. Don't you know that I have hand-picked them for you? I am working in your subconscious so you can wake up every day with a literal song in your heart!"
And then, He said this:
"And another thing, Sharon. When those songs go rattling around in your head during the day, it makes it harder for the enemy to enter your thoughts, doesn't it?"
Yeah, He's got a point there.
"It's My way of placing a hedge of protection around you. Is that OK?"
Oh boy – you bet it is!
So, I've been keeping track of what the Holy Spirit has been giving me this past week. And it's not the songs themselves that are reaching and protecting me – it's the truth behind the lyrics…
And it's all because of Jesus that I'm alive…
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb…You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book." (Psalms 139:13, 16)
He's the Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End – He's my Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, and friend…
"Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me…I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End…I am the bright morning star." (Revelation 22:12, 16)
Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey…
"…we will obey the LORD our God…For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us." (Jeremiah 42:6)
'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" (Isaiah 26:3)
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Thou has bought us, Thine we are…
"Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption." (Ephesians 4:30)
All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give – All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all…
"…I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice…" (Romans 12:1)
I am a child of God – oh, that's who I am…
"But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)
I'm falling on my knees, offering all of me – Jesus You're all this heart is living for…
"I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than burnt offerings." (Hosea 6:6)
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe…
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory…
"Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return. They will enter…singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness." (Isaiah 35:10)
These were ten of the songs that mysteriously (and miraculously?!) made their way into my heart.
And in every good sense, I have felt fenced in all week!
What songs minister deeply to your heart?
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