Tuesday, October 13, 2015
What are we listening to?
From the darkness into light . . .
Music can do that.
King David seems to have had insomnia just like many of us. Goodness knows, he had a lot to think about. Along with running his kingdom, he had life decisions he regretted, family problems he couldn't make any headway with, and guilt that ravaged his mind.
Often, in the dark of night, we can't find a way through the dark alleys of our minds. Good news! Put your earphones in so that you don't disturb anyone, and let the music play. Cry a little. The tears are just our feelings that need to be expressed. Feeling them is healing to us.
Music can help us express our emotions.
Music affects our breathing and heart rate, and even can lower our blood pressure. Studies have shown that young people who were treated with a program which incorporated music therapy had long-lasting positive results; their outcomes were much better than the control group who did not receive the music therapy.
In the dark of the night, when we are feeling low, perhaps we should listen to some uplifting music. Or perhaps it may be just as helpful (and better for going back to sleep) to think on some songs and hymns that we know and love.
The lyrics of some songs are so encouraging and so comforting, that they can place us in the right mood to pray and ask God to pull us from the pit we find ourselves in. They may cause us to remember just the right verse that will comfort us and let us drift off to healing sleep.
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me-- a
prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches
of the night. (Psalm 63:6)
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the
morning. (Psalm 30:5)
What have you been listening to, lately?