We Must Go Deeper

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Hey everyone,

A thought occurred to me this morning. It’s not a new thought and I think people have been thinking about it for a long time. In fact, I know people have been thinking about it for a long time.

As my wife and I are continuing to process through our first miscarriage and all the emotions that come along with it, one thing that I have not turned to in this time has been music.

I love music. Seriously, I do. I’m definitely not an amazing musician or even a great song writer. I just deeply enjoy music.

For me, personally, I’m an introverted head thinker. So much so that my desk in our home is strategically placed in the LIVING room so that I don’t inadvertently get sucked into some back room of our home and leave Kassy, my wife, and our new dog, Lucy, functionally home alone.

I love to think. I really do believe that my graduate studies at Denver Seminary were so great for me because I could lock myself in the library and could be there for upwards of 8 to 14 hours at a time. I love to dive into the minds of great thinkers who loved the Lord and drunk from the deep depths of scripture.

Music is one of the main enjoyments of my life that moves all that head knowledge to my heart. Music, as it does for many, seemingly unlocks the walls of my heart to process and internalize all that I’ve been thinking.

Singing is where I feel most deeply.

[maybe pause and reread that statement a few times]

Singing is where I feel most deeply.

I think that many people, when left to themselves in the shower, an empty house, or driving in their car, do feel deeply when they not only listen to music, but also sing.

That is one of the reasons why singing as a congregation, as the people of God, in church is so important. This is true both individually and corporately. Individually, singing takes the deep things of God and puts them into singable, heart stimulating tunes that I can remember, sing, and glorify God all day. Corporately, we sing together in order to affirm our faith together and give all the glory our Triune God is due for his great steadfast love towards his people.

I stumbled across this song this morning. It’s older, but with a twist. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is a marvelous hymn that I could sing over and over again. In his message at a women’s conference, John Piper found that the closing hymn didn’t hit the nail on the head when it came to connecting to his message. So naturally, he wrote some new lyrics to go with it. I love it. Click Here to listen and read a little more about it.

All that being said, how do you connect your head to your heart? What practices do you do in order to help your emotions line up with your knowledge about Jesus? Feel free to post, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

the picture above and the link to the music is found at <https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/video-audio-release-john-pipers-great-thy-faithfulness/&gt;

 

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