New Places in Praise :: Week 5 :: Praise Him With Music (Without Using Words!)

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Welcome to My Graceful Life! It’s so good to see you today, friend.  I pray that you are blessed with the pleasure of His presence all day long.  Whether you’re surrounded by littles, at work, in the car, or at home alone, know that He is always right there loving you.

For the last four weeks, we’ve been enjoying praising in different ways.  We’ve been dancing, raising our hands, giving Him thanks, and even shouting our praise to Him.  I hope you have experienced something new that has stirred your hunger for the things of God.  Even if these expressions of praise are not new to you, each time you go to the Lord with a heart that’s open you will experience Him–and His river of life is stirred within you.

This week we are going to explore praising God through playing music.  Now, we aren’t focusing on singing to the music, dancing to the music, or raising our hands to the music.  We are going to let the music itself speak what our heart is saying to the Lord!

Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his lovely name with music. – Psalm 135:3 NLT

Maybe you play an instrument and maybe you don’t.  No worries–everyone can make music.

Pick up your guitar, sit down at your piano, grab your djembe.  Whatever you play, take some intentional time to play your instrument for the Lord (it doesn’t have to be an hour to be good, moms).  Try NOT to sing.  Feel it in your heart, and let your instrument speak.  He knows what you are saying.  (Isn’t that cool?)

Maybe you are saying, “But I don’t play an instrument.  I don’t want to miss out {sad face}!”  Well, then, you’re going to have to get creative.  Almost anything, and I yes I said anything, can be used to make music.  Do your kids have play instruments? What about a kazoo? What about water glasses with the light tap of a spoon? You can even hum!  The point this week is to make music that lets God know how much you love Him–without using words. Let the music talk.

Week Five Challenges:

Challenge #1: Set aside some intentional time to praise Him with your instrument of choice.  It can be a few minutes (heaven knows that’s all moms have sometimes) or an hour if you’ve got that long.  I can remember those days… {smile}

For me this will probably look like playing my guitar in the key of G while my kids run around in the livingroom (hopefully not whining).  I’ll enjoy it as long as it lasts!  I hope I get ten minutes at least, but it may be less.

Challenge #2 (for moms with kids): Give your kids some instruments and let them play along!  Tell them that we can tell God we love Him by making music for Him.  It doesn’t have to sound great as long as it’s fun.

At my house, we will probably move right into kids praise time after I have my guitar time.  I imagine pots and pans will be used, as well as the Little Tykes xylophone.

Just to let you into my heart a little, I imagine the day when my kids learn to play instruments as they get older.  I imagine that our Morning Time worship will go from being just me to a whole band of worshippers playing skillfully together, flowing in spontaneous (and prophetic) praise!  Aaaahh! That will be so cool.

Week Five Activation Prayer: As we come to you God in praise, we thank you for being so wonderful!  Help us to express our love to you through our instruments today.  Let us feel the love flowing from the sound we make.  Take us deeper and higher into Your love, Lord!  We love You!

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Tasha

Tasha Medellin is a head-over-heels-in-love wife and not-so-perfect mother of three who loves spending time outdoors, curling up with a good book, and simply basking in the riches of God's glorious grace.

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