More than once this week, I’ve started the day with a song in my head.
I sometimes forget the power of song.
I’m not a musical person by nature. I don’t play an instrument or sing particularly well. I enjoy music and like a variety of styles, but sometimes I just forget to incorporate music into my day. It’s like I need to write a note on my calendar each day that says, “Play music!”
I am grateful that all of our kids are now taking piano lessons. As a result, I get to regularly hear the sound of music being played in my home. (And the quality of the music is just getting better each day!)
Scripture gives us reminders of the importance of singing songs:
“My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!” (Ps. 108:1)
“ . . . addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” (Eph. 5:19)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16)
The song that keeps coming to my mind this week is a hymn I learned as a child. I’m thankful that I memorized this song so many years ago, but the lyrics are much richer to me now. The song is “Jesus Paid It All.”
If you have ideas for bringing music into the daily routine of home life, I’d love to hear them. And if you’re like me and need a little boost, here are the lyrics to that familiar hymn. You can make melody to the Lord in your heart today, and be reminded of what He has done for you!
Jesus Paid It All
by Elvina Hall
I hear the Savior say
Thy strength indeed is small.
Child of weakness watch and pray
Find in me thine all in all.
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe.
Sin hath left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone.
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.
For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim.
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.
And when before thy throne
I stand in Him complete.
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat.