Written by Hamish Macdonald.
I was out taking the dog (Murphy) for his morning walk and in the park we could see the signs of spring. It was lovely… the white and pink blossom in the trees and occasionally floating swirling down in the wind with vivid blue skies above. It made me thankful to be alive and I couldn’t help but think of a song lyric “cherry blossom in the market square”. (I’m sure Andy L will be commenting and quoting as I know it’s from one of his favourite bands !!).
I had already begun reflecting on some of the earlier posts which have been written during March and had noticed there seemed to be a tenuous link.
Geoff had written a post back on the 19th March and had called it Singing in the rain which is also the name of the 1952 classic song sung by Gene Kelly.
This was followed on the 23rd of March by his post titled from a Joni Mitchell lyric You don't know what you've got til its gone
Followed by Rachel’s post on the 27th March titled STOP who had inadvertently named it after one of her favourite songs from Sam Brown.
Paul wrote his post on the 29th March and called it Shifting Sands which reminded me of song by Deacon Blue also called Shifting sands !!
This caused me to reflect on just how important music can be and how much there is, in such a plethora of genres. I have long felt and known that music is a great influencer both for good or bad. It has an uncanny way to be able to evoke emotions and lead your feelings. I was reminded of a phrase “music feeds your soul”.
Food is so important for our bodies it is what helps us grow, keeps us fit and strong we know what a healthy diet looks like and the importance of it. We have heard it said, “we are what we eat”. Yet what we feed our souls is equally if not more important.
Are we as aware of what we feed our souls?
The above is what I began in mid-April then….
On Sunday (26th April) Geoff in his sermon continued his series on the Psalms of Ascent and talked about the soundtrack of our lives and even how this group of Psalms had been sung on the way to Jerusalem was like a spotify play list for a road trip for a road trip of Faith.
He then challenged us in his blog on the 27th April Surrounded by the arms of the Father to comment or suggest songs which we have found encouraging.
Really I’m not sure if my blog is not just a repeat of this but sometimes we do need to be told several times before we hear!!
So in this time of lockdown with lots of fear around are we careful in what we feed our souls? Do we remember God is faithful so we do not need to be fearful?
I was reminded of Psalm 23 verse 3 “He restores my soul and leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” in the NIV version it uses the word “refreshes”.
What is our soul?
Soul can be defined as the spirit and essence of a person.
Restore means bring back or re-establish, to return to a former condition, place, or position.
Refreshes means to renew the vigour or energy of (oneself or another).
Let us feed our soul and be mindful what we feed it. Look at the soundtrack of your life. Does it build it up or pull it down?
The great thing I noticed in the comments to Geoff’s blog was not the number of different and a variety of style of songs but they were all worship and praise songs which help focus us on our God who is the one who will build us up.
Ultimately, God is the one… the almighty, all powerful and all loving one who wants to be invited to be the centre of our lives and it is he who is able to restore our souls.
Music is a powerful tool but not the only one which can be used to refresh our souls. What other ways does God use to help refresh and restore our souls? Please encourage others with comments.