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‘Music is the universal language of mankind,’ so said Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. And so right he is” (quote course here). I love music and I listen to it a lot, especially since I have time on my hands from being unemployed for so very long now. But when I get thoroughly sick of thinking about how to find a job when it appears nobody wants to give me one, I often turn to one of my favorite pastimes (and I have several to choose from)–music.

I have no particular topic on my mind, so I’ve turned to music and thought I would post a few YouTube videos I really like (my favorites list in the hundreds); however, please be aware that the selection below was picked for no particular reason but they are among my favorites. I enjoy them, and I hope you do, too.

In Matthew 6:34 Jesus said, “. . .  do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So, the first YouTube video I’m posting is “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” sung by Stevie Wonder:

In Philipians 4:4-6, the Apostle Paul tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” So, the second YouTube video I’m posting is “Sing a Song” sung by Earth, Wind and Fire:

In 2 Peter 3:9 we are told that “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” However, we must make a conscious choice to follow him. Here’s the third YouTube video I want to share–“While You See a Chance” sung by Steve Winwood:

Well, we are all getting older; however, King David reminds us in Psalm 37:25, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Let’s remember that as we listen to one of Bonnie Raitt’s latest songs, “Used to Rule the World”:

John 3:16 is the hallmark verse that is even quoted on placards at sporting events; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s the only way I know to really change the world, which leads into my next music offering, “Change the World” sung by Eric Clapton:

2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Appropriately, here’s a song sung by Chicago titled, “Beginnings”:

And another (and final) song that goes along with the themes already listed above–here are Steve Winwood and Eric Claption playing “Glad & Well All Right”:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this musical selection and that it has in some small way brightened your day, no matter what you may be facing in your life. And remember that you don’t have to face anything alone. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through me” (John 14:6), and in Hebrews 13:5 we are reminded to Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you can start by reading the Gospel of John (click here). John 3:16-18 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” . . . I don’t know about you, but that’s music to my ears . . .

And that’s the best kind of music there is . . .

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2 Comments

  1. heartpeace says:

    It is music to my ears too Sara…Heb.13:5 is probably my favorite Scripture. I think in the Amplified Bible, it repeats…”I will not…I will not….leave you…” as if to stress the absolute certainty of His love. He wants us to be assured that ‘no matter how lost or alone we feel…the truth is…He’s still with us! The last 6 yrs. the Lord has been trying to teach me the importance of speaking, with ‘my’ mouth the Word. The Word which is life. The devil needs to hear that we are rejoicing in the midst of our suffering, that we are trusting God and taking Him at His Word. When we speak defeat then its like an invitation to be defeated.It’s easy for us to confess the problem instead of God’s promises.As I said, He’s been ‘trying’ to teach me this for many years. The flesh dies hard and the mind must be renewed. When we honor God He will honor us. May the Lord richly bless you, and His name be glorified. (Don’t Worry by Stevie Wonder- love that song-Is there any other song as catchy with the same refrain?!) and Winwood and Clapton are longtime favorites. Such talent!

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    • I’m so glad you liked it, Heartpeace. Sometimes I get mixed reactions from Christians when I combine “secular” music with my posts that are specifically of Christian content. God is so much bigger than we allow Him to be in a lot of Christian settings in America and He is not confined to the boxes we put Him in. Your words are a major encouragement to me. It will be four years (yes, four years!!!) on April 21 when I lost my job in Houston and this whole unemployment saga began. God can and does speak through secular music. And I just love that Stevie Wonder song, too. Talk about putting Matt. 6:34 to some great music!!! That might not have been his objective but it hit the nail on the head, that’s for sure. And Winwood and Clapton and a bunch of others are my favorites, too, as you can tell. Bless you, my friend. Your comment made my day!!!

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