I enjoy all kinds of music, from soft jazz to classical. Cooking dinner isn’t the same without some sort of music to match my mood of the moment. Recently I came across a statement that confirmed what I already suspected: “Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge” (Psalm 119:54 NIV).
No matter where you are, a place becomes a home when music that reflects the Scriptures permeates the atmosphere. I enjoy the soft flow of quiet worship music as it lingers in the background of my office when I’m counseling. Walking through the house and hearing my son worshiping with his guitar makes my heart sing. I missed out on talent when it comes to singing, but I’ll sing along with him.
We often played the latest kid’s worship CDs when our children were young. As they became teens their worship music evolved too. With six kids this meant that we might have all different kinds of music playing throughout the house. I finally enjoy a wide range of my own CDs as most of the kids are now grown and gone, but my favorite is the modern hymns written by Keith and Kristyn Getty—they often carry a Celtic sound and always center on the words of Scripture.
Since God is the creator of music, a good deal of music reflects some part of his character and nature. Thankfully, new technology provides many ways to bring such music into our homes. Soft jazz often accompanies dinner unless my husband is playing his 60s favorites on Pandora. The Beach Boys may not be considered traditional worship music, but if it brings a smile to our face and a thankful heart, it is music that brings God closer.
Still, there needs to be a place in my home for music that finds a theme in Scripture, and I believe I have found a good balance.
What types of music do you listen to at your home? Is Scripture the theme of your song? What have you been listening to today?
In Him together, Susan Gaddis