Sunday, March 05, 2006

Music For All Ages

A while back, I posted a review of a children's cd called, Awesome God, from Sovereign Grace Ministries. It's a great CD that has spoken to my heart many (if not every) time I listen to it.

Well on the way home from church, it was mommy's turn to pick the tunes, and so I grabbed my latest CD, Casting Crowns. I was excited to listen to this disc again, since I've only heard it a time or two. As the 3rd song on the CD finished, my 5 year-old piped up from the back seat, "mom, play that one again."

I was surprised, since his latest choice of listening pleasure has been Jungle Jam, Jungle Jam, and more Jungle Jam.

As I asked him about why he wanted that song again, (which I was more than happy to oblige, since it is one of my favorites) he said, "cause it's got the giant in it."

"The giant in it?" was my thought. And then, wouldn't you know the song came to the verse about David and Goliath. It amazes me what my kids pick up that I miss totally. But it amazes me even more that God definitely is actively at work in their hearts and minds, while I am often oblivious. That's a good thing. That's His grace.

That's also a benefit of listening to music that is not exclusively geared to OUR age-group. Maybe it's time to crack the old hymnals, gospel songs, and worship chants with our kids, while at the same time dragging out "Music Machine", "Hide Them In Your Heart", etc. for us. I'm glad my kids aren't into listening to their own ipods in the back seat yet. That sure would squelch a whole lot of "inter-generational" worship and learning which happens in our car.

p.s. for your interest,
VOICE OF TRUTH Lyrics by Mark Hall and Steven Curtis Chapman

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand
But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again.
"Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

Chorus: But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand
But the giant's calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them lookin' down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over meI will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Can't you just see how this song would relate to the "giants and fears" world of a 5 year-old boy, and yet I sadly never would have considered it as touching his soul. I'm glad God works while mommy's busy driving!

3 comments:

Kim said...

The group Casting Crowns does a really good rendition of this song. My 13 year old son really likes it.

sharon said...

very cool!

Homemanager said...

Marlene,
Thanks for posting. Oh how true it is, that the Lord is working and it is in those precious moments when we are interacting with our children that those things come out! What a privillege to be with our children and to pour life and truth into them!
I have never listened to casting crowns, but the lyrics that you shared are awesome...made me teary...that tells you something. :o)
The Lord is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth...I want to hear and believe the truth.
God Bless!