As I sat down this week to compile my thoughts and start writing my post for this month, I had a flash back to my previous two posts. They were about a song that God placed in my heart. Hmmm—He did it again.
Music moves my soul. Can bring me to tears. Fills my heart with joy. Speaks to me in a powerful way.
God communicates with me through music. He knows how a song in my heart will linger for days, so sometimes He sends me His thoughts via a handpicked musical selection.
This past month has been an unusually intimate time with God. An abundance of quiet reflection. Enjoying the magnificent Texas summer sunsets, marveling at the beauty of His creation. Rejoicing over the recent rains, raising our lake level by five feet. Hallelujah!
Working on Scripture memorization. Being more purposeful in reading my Bible daily—not just the devotions and blog posts that flood my inbox.
Praising God for the glorious birth of my first grand baby!
Oh, the miracle of His perfect creation.
Being devastated when my younger son ended the relationship with his girlfriend, who I was already dreaming of being my second daughter-in-law. Yes, I was crushed and have spent hours praying for her tender, broken heart.
Pondering what to do next with my life. Exciting opportunities. Where else to go, but to God in prayer?
Seeking His wisdom and direction.
A few nights ago I felt something stirring in my soul. Something different. When I went to my knees in prayer, I didn’t say a word. All I could feel within my heart was the need to be still and listen. I don’t do that much, but the Holy Spirit’s prompting from within was loud and clear.
So, I did just that. In the quiet, I patiently listened. Then I heard it. Yep, a song. And when I heard the song and who was singing it, I could only smile.
Listen, do you want to know a secret?
Do you promise not to tell, whoa, oh oh
Closer, let me whisper in your ear
Say the words you long to hear
I’m in love with you, ooo.
Since that prayer time I have been visualizing drawing close to Jesus, as He cups His hand and whispers in my ear. “I’m in love with you!” Thinking of the words from Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV): “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” And feeling very much loved and in love with my Savior.
George Harrison of the Beatles might have asked us not to tell, but I want to shout it from the rooftop—and from this computer screen! The lyrics Do you promise not to tell aren’t the least bit Biblical when referring to not telling others about God’s love; they are simply part of this secular song. That’s why it’s important, when living in this world, to not let the world live in us.
I am thankful that God will place a secular song in my heart, and give me the words I long to hear: “I’m in love with you.” And at the same time, help me to stay focused on His truths and commands. Help me to distinguish the sacred in the midst of our worldly world.
We are called throughout the Bible to be disciples and witness. To tell others of the great love our Father has for His children. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son. (John 3:16)
There are numerous Scripture references about witnessing, but perhaps the most noted comes from Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)—Jesus’ “Great Commission” to His disciples: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We have been commissioned.
The love of Jesus isn’t a secret to be kept to ourselves. Let’s all go into the mission field TODAY—into the secular society—and share the sacred news.
The love of Jesus Christ.
Where is your mission field? Is it the gym, the grocery store or your office? How about in your own home, with a child or spouse, a coffee buddy or extended family member? Many of us will not have to venture far.
In case you are too young to remember this ancient song by the Beatles, here’s the link: