For as long as I can remember one of the things that I have loved most has been music. The Lord has used a simple melody or a lyric hundreds of times to capture my attention and direct me towards something that He wanted to say to me. My most moving memories of God’s presence have almost always been accompanied by some piece of music.
One of my most favorite pieces of music is not even church or worship music, but rather would be considered by most people to be modern classical. It is by a composer named Aaron Copeland and is named Appalachian Spring. If you heard it you would probably recognize some of the melodies as it has been used in a lot of commercials and movie soundtracks. There are parts of it that actually make me happy.
Anyway, music is a huge part of my life. It communicates right into my spirit. It is for that reason that I am very careful about what I listen to. While this might not need to be a part of your life, for me nothing conveys a message right into my spirit quicker than melodies and lyrics. For others perhaps it’s the written word or video but for me the quickest way to get something onto me is through music.
I think that everyone has something like this that works best for them. I believe that God created each person with this “door” into their spirit. It’s important that you find out what that is for you and become a guardian of that doorway. It will be a very strategic position in your life. Whoever controls the gate into your spirit will ultimately control your spirit. Don’t allow anything through that gate that might move you away from God. No message, tune, image, or philosophy.
I believe that this is what Solomon was admonishing us to do when he wrote in Proverbs 2:23 “Above all else, guard your heart. For it is the wellspring of life”. You have to be careful what you allow to take root inside you. If you control what gets in you can control what takes root in your spirit, mind or heart.
Let me leave you with a favorite, simple, worship chorus that not only feeds my spirit, but also makes my point. Enjoy it!