Even though I don’t sing, and I don’t play an instrument and I am not a very good dancer, music has always been a special part of my life. Certain songs hit my heart and soul so deep that I am mesmerized and unable to move, speak, or even breathe, as I soak in the rhythm and melody.
I remember as a child I laid awake at night trying to find “good songs” on the radio. My town didn’t have an R&B station, but late at night if I moved the dial on the radio a fraction at a time, I might catch a good song; that one that would keep my heart singing for days.
One night as I was in bed turning the dial on my transistor radio, I heard the faint sounds of a gospel song. It was far off in the distance, but it was there. My heart leaped as I knew I had found one! The DJ did not say who the artist was, or the name of the song, but it consumed me nonetheless. Every night for several weeks I scanned the radio stations late at night trying to catch that song again. I never heard it again. To this day I regularly wake up in the middle of the night with a song playing in my head. Over, and over, and over again a song plays as I dance and sing in my sleep.
A few days ago I went to bed as normal, and I woke up at 12:40 am. I had fallen asleep with a Christian television channel playing, and after falling asleep I woke up a couple of hours later hearing a song. I had never heard it before, and I didn’t know who the band was, but it went deep down in my soul, so deep I started dancing and swaying to the music in my sleep. Then I slowly woke up and I continued to sway to the music. I thought that is a wonderful song! Then suddenly I jumped up in bed and I yelled, “Ahhhhh! That’s the Lord.” I realized at that moment that the Lord had awakened me to hear that song. He knew it was the song for me.
I jumped up in bed in a panic. The problem was I didn’t know the name of the song, and I didn’t know the band. If I wanted to buy it, which I did, I couldn’t. I scrambled for my phone because I had an app that would tell me the name of the song and the artist if it could hear it. As the song was coming to an end I fumbled with unlocking my phone. It was at night and I was not wearing my glasses. Three times I desperately tried to unlock my phone before the song ended. Finally, I unlocked it and I found the app I needed. I tapped on the listen button just before the song was about to end and in a matter of seconds, the app recognized the song and the title, and the artist’s name popped up on my screen. I breathed a sigh of relief.
That song was music to my ears. It is now at the top of my playlist!
James 5:13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.