April 13, 2018
On My Mind
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8
Songs that are used in advertising do not have a reputation for being musical masterpieces. These “jingles” have one goal—to get stuck in listeners’ heads! They have easy melodies and the lyrics are often just the name of the product being sold and the phone number or website where you can buy it. The advertisers are taking advantage of the fact that our brains retain information much more easily when paired with a tune.
After listening to the radio on the morning drive to school and work, over a period of time I learned how easily my mind retains the songs I hear on the radio. With radio ads, it’s annoying. But with real songs, it can be spiritually dangerous. We live in a very influential society, and even when we try our hardest to keep worldly things from entering into our heads, they have sneaky ways of slipping in. And once they are in, they tend to stick around and cause problems. They make it easier for us to forget God’s plan and purpose for our day, and to eventually drift away from Him. Focusing our minds on the things of God keeps us strong in Him, but doing that calls for constant vigilance.Our guard must always be up to stand against the wiles of the devil. Things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report should be in the forefronts of our minds. Meditating on those things will leave no foothold for the devil to consume our thoughts.
Now, as I make my daily commute, I listen to the local Christian radio station. I get songs of praise stuck in my head, which actually helps me throughout the day. Lyrics about God’s goodness and His promises are my background music, and I find I am better prepared to face the challenges that my days bring. If I have an exam or task that worries me, a song of worship will pop into my mind and remind me that God will take care of me.
How thankful I am that the Lord knows just what we need and when we need it. When we keep our thoughts focused on the things of God, guarded against the devil’s entangling snares, our walk with Him is a lot smoother.
Dear Lord, Put a song of praise in my heart each day so that I may be in constant meditation on You, keeping out the things of this world. Amen.