Posted on July 1, 2017
Welcome to the #recall12 series, where we are memorizing a little bit of God’s great Word together each month! This month’s verse is:
I’m enjoying this. I love to listen to her play. Don’t criticize her for playing. Think about something else….
In the beginning stages of my daughter’s love for her ukulele, there was a lot of inward coaching I had to do in order to let her discover her own sound. It was music to my ears to hear her musical genius uncle tell her that her instrument had nylon strings …and she was going to knock them out of tune by banging on them so hard.
“But I just like to jam,” she argued.
“Well, you need metal strings if you want to jam like that …” he explained.
“TWANG-TWANG-TWANG-TWANG-TWANG….”She still wasn’t convinced.
“You heard what your uncle said,” I reminded, “if you snap a string on that uke because you’re stubborn, I’m not replacing it.”
Eye-roll …but compliance.
Oh, the sweet sound.
This month’s verse highlights the stubbornness of humanity …and God’s people. Fresh off a victory over Pharoh’s army and witness to them being swallowed by the Red Sea, there is abundant praise for God and His provision and protection.
““I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. -Exodus 15:1
It’s on the heals of this that this months verse is bellowed for all to hold dear forevermore:
How easy it is to give praise on top of the mountain of victory… When the trumpets are blaring and the confetti is flying and the finish line tape rips across our chests and the publisher loves our idea and our children are successful ….
But it’s quite another thing to elevate our hearts to this level of praise before we witness the victory we seek. It’s not always going to look so big.
Sometimes, victory as we see it doesn’t come. God seems quiet. The nylon strings seem to be holding up just fine. So we jam on. Hard.
Until we snap.
That can look different for everyone. Temptation of all manner is waiting for opportunities like these. When we’re sitting in the pocket of victory, we’re most likely to snap.
This month’s verse isn’t situational. Whether you are jamming on your nylon strings, staring at a snapped one, or have moved on to more durable metal strings …jam on. Because unlike an instrument, God’s song is not interrupted when we break. He doesn’t miss a beat. Whether we know it, see it, or hear Him …He always hears …always cares …and always loves.
Our omnipotent God is unstoppable.
We are not Him, but we are made in His image.
“Music played a major role in the lives of people in biblical times. It was used in both sacred and secular activities and was most often associated with joy and celebration.” Dictionary of Bible Themes
In Exodus 15:1-21, music celebrates victory.
Victories are not exclusive to armies and athletics. They are the stuff of our Savior. Everyday miracles and tally-mark wins. Tempers calmed and callings chased. Jesus knows what it’s like to be human, and He knows that we are not capable of handling ourselves as He …the very Son of God and Spotless Lamb …did.
We’re incapable of carrying a tune without Armor. Hand Him what you can’t handle.
He is our strength.
We were never meant to be as strong as we try to be. We were created to lean in …to Him.
In the small victories and challenging moments of this month, let’s remember this verse …and sing a song … to our Strength.
Father, Praise You …for You alone are our Strength and our Shield. In times of trouble and in times of naivety, thank You for protecting and upholding us with Your just hand. We confess to snapping strings in the process of seeking our own method of progress. Forgive us, and send Your Spirit to bless us and fortify our hearts with Your Word and will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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