After Faith, Family, and Friends…
It’s What Matters Most to me.
(Yeah, it’s even more important than chocolate.)
Tickling the ivories – or sometimes pounding on the ivories (!) – brings voice to my thoughts and emotions. When playing piano, I am transformed to another place…especially when playing in worship. It’s as if God is sitting right with me on the piano bench.
My #1 most fun experience playing the piano was back some years ago. I got to tour with Doug and Donna Fagerstrom and a group from Wooddale Church performing the musical, “The Witness.” Being part of the group, challenging music, and extraordinary talent – it was amazing.
And my #1 most favorite moment playing the piano? In worship. Whether it’s in my church, in my living room, or with a group.
What I am playing on those black and white notes is a mini-cam into my heart.
A few mornings ago I read Psalm 98:1…
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.
Hmmm…it made me think about the music my life has been living lately.
We all go through those times when life is a bit harder, too many questions are unanswered, and patience is running thin, right? During those gray days, my piano notes seem to dwell in the minor keys. Not much brightness…raw emotions surface easily. My prayers do the same.
Psalm 98 reminded me that I can sing or play a new song.
Here’s what I considered…
My song – my prayers – are focused on hope, comfort, and direction when talking to God about the things that make my heart hurt and my eyes tear.
I am grateful for other things, but my prayers for the hurts are set on asking God to meet needs.
What if I played a new song?
What if I looked for the goodness and promises in those minor key things?
…Because He has done marvelous things.
Maybe this New Song is a song of laying my heart before God…AND expressing gratitude for all He has done and will do in these troubles.
It’s not two songs: one song in a major key and another song in a minor key.
…Thanking God for the good things, and asking for help in the tough things.
It’s one song that is played between major and minor, using the black notes and the white notes, giving permission to my heart to say “thank you” while saying “please.”
I discovered my heart needed a New Song.
And I love this New Song.
Maybe you need a new song, too.
The old has gotten older, and the lyrics and the melody of your song are just getting tiresome.
May I suggest that you ask God, as I did, for your New Song?
Playing and praying in the major keys and the minor keys.
The music is divine.