Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Meaning Behind the Words

How many times have you heard a song on the radio, even sing along with it, but if someone were to ask you what the words were, you really don't have any idea?  I think this happens more often than we realize.  We do this in church as well.  We sing along with the choir or worship team, but don't really pay attention to what we're singing, we don't listen to the meaning behind the words.
I have to admit, I am guilty of this.  I get into a rut.  I hear the same few songs over and over and because I "know them so well" I don't really let them sink in, I just sing the songs.  I think most of us can say we're guilty of that at some point or another.
My daughter, however, is a different story.  Our car radio is permanently tuned to SOS (one of our local Christian radio stations, similar to KLRC, for those of you in AR).  I love listening to my kids in the back seat, singing along with the songs.  Their voices are so pure, so sweet.  What I love even more, however, are the conversations that are sprung from these songs.
Cora listens to everything.  Whether you think she's paying attention or not, she is.  She tunes in, even when you don't want her to, and asks questions when she doesn't understand.  This can be a good thing and a bad thing at times.  It is a great thing when it come to the music we listen to.
Anytime a song comes on the radio, it never fails she will ask, "What do they mean when they say.....?"  This leads to a great conversation about God's love, about forgiveness, about praise--whatever the case may be.  I have to admit I often have to bring my head out of my own little world and actually start paying attention to the song so I can answer her. 
Today she wanted to know what was meant by the phrase "7 times 70 times".  We had a great discussion about forgiveness. 
But all these questions lately really made me stop and think, these people wrote these songs for a reason---and I am EXTREMELY thankful our radio station is tuned to SOS and not some secular station, where I might have to explain things she really doesn't need to know.  

"If you're not going to mean it, don't sing it." I remember hearing this at church several times throughout my life.  But, oh, to have the faith and curiosity of a child!  To want to understand the meaning behind the words, to search out the answer, to use these songs to strengthen your praise to the Father.  Not to just sing along with the radio or the worship team, but to truly stop and reflect on why they are being sung!   When we sing "praise and worship" songs at church, are we really praising and worshiping?

I have a few things to say on hymns as well....but we'll save that for another day.  Until next time....

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