Y’all brought back some serious memories with your comments on my last post; in fact, I spent the better portion of Friday humming “Friends” or “Father’s Eyes,” and while I was tempted to go get a spiral perm to make it all feel a little more authentic, you’ll be happy to know that I resisted.
But I still may break out a banana clip. There’s just not a bit of telling.
Anyway, I wanted to add one more little tidbit to our discussion of Things Musical and then I’ll get back to regularly scheduled programming on my next post. Not that I have anything you could consider regular and/or scheduled that I write about here, but I needed a segue’, and that one seemed fitting, so I ran with it.
So here’s what I wanted to share.
When I was growing up the very first thing listed in the church bulletin every week was the call to worship. It was always a song intended to help prepare our hearts for worship, but I didn’t realize that when I was a child. I just thought that the organist played music to make the congregation get quiet before the preacher walked out.
Now that I’m older, of course, I understand the concept of “call to worship” a little bit better, and about a year and a half ago I started doing something in the mornings that has had a profound impact on my mood and my outlook. I have a “call to worship” almost every single morning in my car. Because as it turns out, you don’t have to listen to an organist or even be sitting in a church to be called to worship.
There are several songs I listen to with the sole purpose of reminding myself that my actions throughout the day should be worshipful and worship-filled (and this is in addition to quiet time / Bible study, by the way), and I thought I’d share one of my favorites with y’all. It’s called “Vision of You,” and it was written by Shane Bernard of Shane & Shane.
Other early morning favorites are “Quietly” by Daniel Renstrom and Travis Cottrell’s version of “Praise To The Lord The Almighty.” I don’t listen to the same song every morning, but the intent is always the same: to put my heart in its proper place.
What are the songs that help prepare your heart for worship? Do you have any favorites?