Friday, September 19, 2008

music, plastic, worship

It seems that no matter how hard I try, I just can't get into heavy metal, or punk rock. There are some songs that are o.k. and I can dig them for a while, but I rather listen to music where the singer is singing the song, not screaming it.

I have enough things in my life that makes me angry enough by themselves, some music leaves me in a pi**%d off mood and it would be better for me emotionally if I just let them be. I also wonder if Satan doesn't try to get us to inadvertently worship him instead of worshipping God by the songs we select for our IPods'. It's not that we are going to burn for listening to those songs, but are we pleasing God by listening to them is a question I ask myself and wonder about. Does He even care what we listen to anyway? I think He does, because songs can easily divert our attention from the Truth and start our focus onto other things like self, sex, hatred, anger, malice. Some rap music is good at that, and I feel that some metal will do that to you as well. Like all things in life, God gives us a choice, we can listen to whatever, but we then have to accept what it does to us. For me I want to walk closer to God, I have been standing still with my shoe strings tied together for too long now wondering where God went, being depressed, lonely, and bitter about situations and things that didn't go the way I wanted them to go. I have to stop and re-evaluate why. Why do I feel that way? Am I really the one that is in control of situations and things or is God? If God is in control then I need to let it go. God will work all things together for good…eventually.

For now I must "Think on these things…" as Paul tells us in scripture. Hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant" is my goal, and my passion. To please God more than I please myself, which is a difficult task, as it is natural to want our own way, but Thy will be done? that is not as easy. For now, I plan on losing the plastic, let's listen to and enjoy whatever everyone else is listening to mentality and start to listen to what God speaks to my heart, on what is best for me to listen to and then care not if that makes me Un-cool. There is a laundry list of things that God is telling me to review in my life and so far I am not really likening some of the things I see, but if He wants me to re-think my position on some things, then I shall prayerfully consider what it is He wants me to do. (And to be totally honest, I like gaither music even if it makes me a dweeb).




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