I find it strange that music seems to live in a different part of my brain than everyday functional thoughts. Snippets of songs interrupt what I’m doing at the strangest times. I hope it’s not just me. Please tell me it’s not just me! Strange, but not unwelcome. The songs that live inside me are so comforting and grounding. I just have to refrain from belting them out or whistling them when they pop up. Not everyone would understand. Those men in white coats might actually come to get me!
Words set to music do serve a very valuable purpose. I am sure you have all used music to memorize something difficult- ” A,B,C,D,EFG” or “Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas . . . ” Using a tune to help organize the thoughts in your head is a common crutch.
Some Bible verses stick in my head in exactly this same way. In fact, I can’t recite them without singing. One in particular is Galatians 2:20 (KJV). I heard a friend sing this tune she had learned at church camp, and now it’s stuck. “I am crucified in Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” It’s stuck in my brain, but that is such a good thing. Yes, I had to look up the citation, but the words and the tune are always there to encourage and comfort me.
In the church I grew up in, we sang the liturgy, so many of these Bible passages sound like chants. For instance, Luke 2:29-32 (KJV), the beautiful words of Simeon, when he met the young Jesus for the first time. “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” What a beautiful sentiment. This man could literally die happy, because he saw the fulfillment of God’s promise. What a beautiful and reassuring thought to pop up in my brain.
I have exposed something very personal and a little strange, here. My innermost thoughts are actually songs! What about you? What buzzes around in your head? Can you sing it for me?