One of my favorite things I like to do when listening to music is to hit the ‘repeat’ button. It’s the button that plays the song I just finished one more time. And when it finishes I’ll often repeat it again. And again.
I like variety in my music and I also like to listen through entire albums. (Please pardon the use of ‘old-fashioned’ terms. I grew up in the 70’s and recently parted with my last vinyl records.) But once in a while I hear a song that just grabs me and I want to hear it again. And again. And again. It could be an old song, one that for any number of reasons is dear to me. It could be a song I’m familiar with but in which I’ve just noticed something in the music or lyrics that I had missed before and I want to listen to it more closely. Or it could be a new song. One I never heard before but have taken an instant liking to.
I had that experience this morning. Here is a link to the song. It is a cover version of the original, which I’ve never heard. But I do know that I like it. It grabs me both musically and lyrically. The words express deep biblical truth.
In the same way that I may listen to a piece of music over and over, there are pieces of the Bible that I turn to again and again. Some of my favorite parts of the Bible are similar to the message of this song, in that they speak of what is true and unchanging about God. They provide deep assurance of who He is, of what He has done, and of what He promises to do. I may have read them many times but I find myself going back to them again, reading them slowly and savoring each phrase.
One of my favorite passages to read again and again is Ephesians 1:3-14, where Paul writes:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
In closing here are a few questions to ponder. There is no need to give an answer, just some things for you to think about.
Where does God speak through His word to your heart? Where in His word do you turn to find Him when your world seems to be on shaky ground? What verses do you return to in order to feast on His word?
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.