Music helps me. Music motivates me. Music elevates my spirit. Music energizes my soul. Music is definitely one tool that God has used to encourage my heart.
I have mentioned before that I love dancing, mostly upbeat songs but I also like slow types as well. But because I enjoy upbeat, I am met with the struggle of what songs I should listen to.
Listening to and singing secular songs do not sit well with me. However, I am easing more into it, by checking the lyrics of some to see if they elevate something God is not pleased with. Sometimes I am aware the song I would soon be listening to would not be a lyrically sound one, but just because I want to satisfy the craving of my flesh to enjoy and dance to the beats, I go ahead and enter the cycle of guilt thereafter.
So praise be to God that there have been an increasing amount of Christian music that are upbeat, lyrically sound and sweet to listen to as well, which I genuinely enjoy. But I know I also have to be careful that I am not just listening to music mainly for the beats all the time, but the lyrics because that matters more.
Lyrics are really a powerful thing, and instruments as well, well combined beautifully. When I am feeling down and want some words of encouragement, apart from the Word, prayer, words of advice from friends and so on, I resort to music. People like the Gettys, Sovereign Grace Music, Audrey Assad have produced tremendously excellent pieces, uplifting the church, encouraging the soul, praying the heart, lamenting with praise and things like these. If you have the time, do check out their music (if you’re checking out Audrey Assad, I highly recommend her Inheritance Album where she sings popular hymns with her own twist to it).
I love hymns, I love love it. It soothes me. Perhaps what adds is that I love singing, as well as harmonizing, so you can probably tell that I am very expectant towards the singing sessions during Church service. Again, as with dancing, this is not so say that I am good at it but I would really love to improve!
Moving on though, I have no particular genre I stick to. It depends on my mood and/or what music I feel like introducing to people. I have been told by people that my music choices do not exactly correlate with me because when I choose to play some of the music on my Spotify, they are the somewhat slow ones. They expect a hyperactive person to be upbeaty, and I do not blame them, because as I mentioned before, I do love me some beats, but I also love me some calm tunes. I love me some inbetween, as well as some rap. And speaking of rap, Beautiful Eulogy, Jackie Hill Perry, and Shai Linne do a great job in this field. Yes, these are Christian artists as well!
Okay, okay, you don’t like rap and are more on the slow side? How about some Scripture Lullabies? (SO GOOD) Or perhaps the Lullabies for the Beloved album? The former helped me during studying and just thinking through hard thoughts, and the second helped me with sleep and some calm. Both stirred my heart in a peaceful joy filled manner. So good, I tell you, so good.
So that’s it for music people! I hope you enjoy my recommendations and/or share in the comment section if you’ve already listened to some of the music released by these people, or some of the albums suggested.
I hope you have a lovely day! xx