As I was reading my devotionals, I wanted to hear a playlist I’d created on Amazon Music. “Lord, play playlist ‘Be Glorified’. “
Nothing played of course, and by the way, God thought it was funny too. Then I began to wonder how many of us talk to God like we do Alexa. Giving voice commands, expecting Him to do what we’ve asked.
I love music, and would find it difficult living in a world without it. I also love the ease in which I can create a playlist, and when appropriate, play it on demand. You can have a “Clean the House” playlist. (Classic Rock) A “Romantic Playlist”. (Luther VanDross, Peabo Bryson, Teddy Pendergrass, etc… be careful with this one) A “Praise and Worship Playlist”. (Hillsong, Bethel, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Alvin Slaughter…on and on and on) An “Encouragement Playlist”. (Jason Crabb, Third Day, Big Daddy Weave, Casting Crowns…on and on and on) You can create a playlist for anything.
If you know the songs.
In our walk with Christ, His Word is our “song”, and I couldn’t live in this world without it.
For every moment in life, every trial, every heartache, and every loss, there’s a song. In the joy and in the pain, there’s a song. At the top of the mountain, and in the depths of the valley, there’s a song. In celebration and in sorrow, there’s a song.
God’s provided a song to meet our every need.
But there’s something many of us may have overlooked, or forgotten.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would “bring things to our remembrance”. (John 14:26) But how will He bring to remembrance things we haven’t heard?
And how can He create a playlist if there are no songs in our library?
We need to add them, and here’s what you can do to make that happen.
You know the lyrics to your favorite songs because you listen to them over and over again. The next thing you know, you’re singing at the top of your lungs. (Stop lights and public places excluded)
So study the Word. Listen to it often. Memorize the “lyrics”. Sing at the top of your lungs.
But a word of caution…
Most of us have a playlist called “Favorites”. You’ll find Rock, Pop, Country, Christian, and Blues in mine. It’s the playlist of playlists.
As Christians, we have our “Favorites” playlist too. Scriptures we’ve hand picked and given that “special” place. Songs that make us feel good, promising to meet our needs, and with lyrics that require the least amount of commitment and sacrifice. (“It’s a Wonderful World” meets “The Sounds of Music”)
We have a tendency to leave out what Jesus would include, removing lyrics we’d rather not sing.
You may add Psalms 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart”, but leave out Psalms 37:5, “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”
We’d rather sing of delighting than commitment and trust, and yet the song isn’t complete without it. In fact, if you want the full version, you’d include Psalms 37:3 (the intro), “Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”
There’s nothing wrong with having a “Favorites” playlist, unless it’s the only playlist you have.
If it is, you risk never growing in your faith, and left wondering why in times of need, there’s no music.
You need multiple playlists in your life. One for any occasion, and to face whatever life may throw at you.
Every song has been made available, but getting them in your library is up to you.
When you do, God will customize each playlist, combining different “genres” to meet your every need. You’ll then be able to say, “Holy Spirt, play playlist ‘Encouragement’.”
“Playing playlist ‘Encouragement’, here’s Jason Crabb…”