It was another morning when the “voices” started the moment I woke up. (Okay, they started the night before and I allowed them to continue first thing in the morning.) I could feel the weight of issues, concerns, hurt feelings, and anger before my feet even hit the floor. Just a short time later I was sitting at our Hymn Sing. Words of truth from the hymns and choruses began to replace the “voices” that were relentless hours before. Words and stanzas began to call my heart to another place; to listen to a still small voice, rather than the loud voice of the cares of this world. I just allowed the words of peace, comfort, joy, and thanksgiving to wash over me. Finally, the beast of anxious emotions was quiet. Not only quiet but still and powerless. It was during these songs that I repented and got my day on the right foot.
It must be true, at least in my case, that music soothes the savage beast but here is the full quote:
“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast (Beast in Latin), to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” William Congreve – (Wiki/answers)
Music softens our hearts that have become stones and straightens out all our kinks too. Music was the tool that God used to soothe, soften and unknot my heart.
So, turn up the music!
Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.