Putting Your Words to Music

Are you God’s spokesman?
With everyone able to have their own website, create their own blog, and comment on everyone else’s thoughts, ever notice there are a lot of empty words?
Ever listen to someone who spouts empty thoughts? They chatter about nothing. They fill books that mean nothing.
I grow weary trying to find something of value to read.
The wisest man who ever lived talked about empty words.
He said, “in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.” Ecclesiastes 1:18.
Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words. Ecclesiastes 5:2-3.
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. Ecclesiastes 9:17-18.
(Too often I’m the one shouting at someone who is not listening…God says to spare your words. If they’re not listening, shut up!)
The writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. Ecclesiasts 12:12.

But all words are not meaningless.
We spoke last week of the value of God’s Words.
God told Jeremiah, “If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman.”
To extract the precious, you must discern what you read and hear.
You can’t listen to junk and find meaning. Even with your music.
A catchy tune can cover a lot of worthless words.
Music’s Purpose
The medium of music brings comfort, motivation, encouragement….but what about the words?
We’ve warned the boys not to listen to music while going to sleep—be discerning of what you hear. Don’t put yourself on autopilot when there’s music in the background. What are the words?
What you listen to effects how you think, even background “noise.”
Is it true? Is it right? Is it good?
When we moved, I couldn’t get any radio stations without static. (Ok, it was 20 some years ago) I learned to go without background music.
I found silence also speaks.
Elijah heard God only when everything else was quiet. (I Kings 19)
If God had to wait for us to have everything quiet to talk with us, would there be a time?
Would we be able to hear?
Or would our headphones keep our minds busy on nothing really important?
It‘s easy to become dependent upon music to change my attitude, to feel good, to motivate.
Listening to music can be addicting.
God wants to hear us praise Him, not be inspired to be happy.
He wants us to lift our voices (with a joyful noise) to Him, not be self-absorbed and only hear for our own benefit.
Music is an avenue for praise.

Words fitly spoken bring healing, encouragement, hope and praise.
Our boys bless me with their words. They tell me they’re doing what they’re doing, because of what I have done for them.
That’s gratefulness.
That’s encouraging.
That’s a word spoken to give life.
But it doesn’t take many words for me to despair. A hint of criticism. A note of reproof.
Some are needed. I listen and improve. I change.
Some are destructive. I give them to God. He deals with what must be done. I work at what He wants me to do.
One word.
I must sift through the words I hear to extract the precious from the worthless.

Life is too short to read bad books. To listen to wrong songs. To hear partially correct sermons.
Truth is a rare commodity today.
But everyone needs it.
Strive to keep the truth.
In your words.
With Your music.
Even by your silence.

How do you screen the words that you hear?

I write about what you---
women, wives and moms---
about your family, faith and future.
I write about what's hard, what helps and what heals.
I show you how it's done. And not done.
I hold your hand as you find what matters to the Savior.
And let go of those things that mattered to you, but not to Him.
I write about what Him.
               Sonya Contreras