Turn down that racket

I don’t know if this happens to you or not (I’m sure it does for everyone, at different times of life), but there are times where I start to do things, like play my so-called music too loud, and start to get the feeling  that I can’t hear or sense God anymore.  My focus is more on what I am doing, than it is on what I could be praising God for or even relying in Him to carry me through certain situations.  Focusing on either school, work, passions, hobbies, family, or friends; without setting specific time for God, will sometimes bring us to a place where it feels like we are all alone on an island or in a ditch somewhere. 

These are the lyrics to one of Shane and Shane’s songs, Turn down the music.  You can listen to it here

If you were hungry would we give you food?
If you were thirsty would we give you drink?
If you were a stranger would we let you in?
What would be a song we’d sing to you when there in need?
Would it be an empty hallelujah to the king?

Turn down the music
Turn down the noise
Turn up your voice oh God and let us hear the sound
Of people broken, willing to love
Give us your heart oh God a new song rise in us

And if you were naked, would we give you clothes?
If you were an orphan would we give our home?
And if you were in prison, would we visit you?

What would be a song we’d sing to you when there in need?
Would it be an empty hallelujah to the king?

Turn down the music
Turn down the noise
Turn up your voice oh God and let us hear the sound
Of people broken, willing to love
Give us your heart oh God a new song rise in us

Let it be our worth shared
Let it be our true religion
In this world but not of it
Holding on to our confessions
Let it be your worth shared
Let it be your true religion

In this world but not of it
Holding on to our confessions

Turn down the music
Turn down the noise
Turn up your voice oh God and let us hear the sound
Of people broken, willing to love
Give us your heart oh God a new song rise in
A new song rise in
A new song rise in us

Our busyness affects how God can use us or even speak to us, if… we are trying to do things on our own or not asking God each and everyday to teach us, use us, and guide us to the people and places that God wants us to be.  Sometimes busyness can be done the right way, (which I couldn’t say what that would be exactly anyways) and God uses the things that you are doing for His glory. It’s when we have our own thoughts and objectives that press us away from God’s goal in our life. 

My wish would be that all of us, including myself, would take the time to slow down a little bit, turn down the music of our own lives and thoughts, and listen for God’s sweet song…

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