Day 10: Music

Welcome to Being Thankful for the Little Things, our annual November Thanksgiving family devotional series. This year, we’re focusing on being thankful for the little stuff, the things we often take for granted. Each devotional is meant to be read as a family. At the end of each devotional, you’ll find a journaling prompt (you can download a free journal cover and pages here) and an action step you can take to help out someone else. Thanks for joining us and be sure to share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

I have no rhythm. Clapping on the beat during a song is extremely difficult to me, and you don't even want to see me try to sing and dance at the same time. But having no rhythm doesn't keep me from loving music.

There's just something about music. It comes in all different types. Some music has words. Some doesn't. Some music is loud. Some is soft. Some music is beautiful. Some is angry. But all music touches someone's emotions.

Music is a powerful way to convey emotion. For whatever reason, God wired each of us to enjoy music of some kind. He placed in our souls a need to express ourselves through song. While many of us can't carry a tune in a bucket or play an instrument well, we can all appreciate a moving piece of music. What's amazing about music is it doesn't even take words to express emotion. Some of the most powerful pieces of music are classical pieces with no words.

Did you know God has a lot to say about music and singing? I think God must really like music because one of the most talked about ways in the Bible to praise God is through music. Check out all of these verses about music.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Psalm 150:3-5

"Make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing." Psalm 98:5

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." Colossians 3:16

These are just a few of the verses you can find in the Bible that talk about praising God through music. Psalms is an entire book of songs to Him. God used the sound of trumpets to bring down the walls of Jericho. Paul and Silas spent their night in jail singing songs of praise.

I think God loves music so much because music expresses emotions, whether we're happy or sad so well. When we're focused on singing or playing music for God, we put our hearts into it and God loves that.

Be thankful for music today and the ability to praise God through song. Let your home be filled with songs of praise today.

Journal entry: In your journal today, write down three songs that you're thankful for.

Action step: Fill your home with songs today. Sing while you work. Put praise music on the radio. Let God know how much you love Him through your music.

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