You have heard it sung: The Beginning
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
In Matthew chapter five, Jesus leads into many of his teachings in that Chapter with the phrase, “You have heard it said,” or a variation of this phrase depending on English translation. When I was much younger this concept came to my mind for a youth study series. Our generation can often tell you the lyrics of a song sooner than they can tell you what the song is talking about. Our generation is also more likely to know the words to a song than passages from the Bible.
You have heard it sung will be my effort to bridge the gap. We know the words to songs like Amazing Grace or Victory in Jesus because we grew up singing them once a month in church. What we do not know is what these songs mean and why they are relevant to us as Christians.
It amazes me when I listen to a song like Sonicflood’s, ‘God is here’, and I’m reminded of Isaiah 26:3. The first words of the second verse of this song are, “In your presence, this is perfect peace.” Here is what Isaiah 26:3 says,
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 [NIV]
Sometime critics of contemporary music will argue that modern Christian songs will ignore scripture and stick with happy thoughts of simplistic Christian living. However, perhaps we need to make an effort to see more than the appealing guitar intros. We can see more to a song when we combine Christian living with passages from God’s word.
Isaiah 26:3 may not have been on the mind of the writer of “God is here,” but a Christian looking to teach a teenager who listens to Sonicflood something more than the theology of the song title can definitely make the correlation, relating the song lyrics to God’s word. This will be the effort of my devotional writings from this point forward.
Music is a powerful way of capturing the energy and excitement that comes from Christian living and knowing our loving, personal savior, Jesus Christ. Combine this music with passages and principles learned from God’s word, and I believe we create an effective means of teaching and discipleship.
It is my hope that these short writings encourage your heart and generate new enthusiasm and for understanding God’s word and the songs his word inspires.
Written by Timothy Hegerich – Edited by Caroline Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!