“Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus, it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices…the Devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God…I wish to compose sacred hymns so that the Word of God may dwell among the people also by means of songs…I would allow no man to preach or teach God’s people without a proper knowledge of the use and power of sacred song.” ~Martin Luther
“It Is Well With My Soul.” That’s my song. It’s my favorite song right now. I think it’s been my favorite song for over 20 years.
There was a short time in 2005 when “Blessed Be Your Name” was my favorite song. I was (we were) going through a real time of transition which ultimately led to our move to Austin Grad and then here to Legacy. But for several months, things were really up in the air. And that song helped stabilize me (us). “When the sun’s shining down on me” and “On a road marked with suffering.” Very Habakkuk-esque. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord.” Powerful. That song taught me and encouraged me and helped me remain focused on my God, my strength and my very great reward.
But I always come back to “It Is Well With My Soul.”
Peace like a river or sorrows like sea billows: either way, whatever my lot, it is well. I belong to my God. He is my Father. And he loves me and is taking care of me. I trust him.
The joy, the bliss, of the reality that all of my sins — not just a few of them, not just the big ones or the little ones, ALL of them! — are nailed to the cross and do not belong to me anymore. How does anyone even vaguely aware of his sin not sing these lines and fall down on his knees in gratitude for the unmerited grace of our Lord? Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
When I sing the third verse with a crowd of disciples I can SEE the clouds rolling back, I can HEAR the trumpets sounding, I can PICTURE our Christ coming to get us and take us home. On that glorious day, that day that is certainly coming, my faith , our faith, will be made sight. Everything we talk about and preach about and sing about and pray about will be right in front of us. Visible. We’ll see it and touch it and smell it and hold it. In the presence of our Father. Sharing the glory with the Son. One huge eternal grin! Yes, my Lord, haste the day!
Our songs teach us, they encourage us, they form and inform us. Our songs reflect our moods and our beliefs. They mirror the things we think are important.
What’s your favorite song? Click on the comments link up there and let us know. I’m curious as to what’s moving us nowadays.
Peace (like a river),