Today’s Scripture: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs¬†4:23

Isn’t it amazing how the first line of a song can take you back in time to a memory, a thought, a feeling, or a certain stage of life? It really doesn’t take a long time for that piece of music to accomplish something, whether it is a good result or a bad one.

Close your eyes, lean back, and think of the sound of a calypso drum or a ukulele. Just thinking of the sound kind of makes you feel like you’re on a Caribbean cruise vacation, right? …Or if you’re like most of us, you are envisioning a Caribbean cruise commercial wishing to someday make it there before you’re too old to walk.

I say all of this to make a point. Music causes you to feel a certain way and can do so in a matter of moments. I remember many years ago I was on a mission trip in India. We got in a cab, and they had some old music playing that I used to listen to as a young person. In a split second, it took me right back to those days I wasted before I got serious about serving the Lord.

We all have our own temptations. But I will tell you right now, music can take us down fast-really fast. The wrong kind of music will affect our thoughts and ruin us. We need music that blesses us and fills our minds with truth. Our innermost thoughts have a lot to do with what kind of music we allow into our lives. The wrong kinds of sounds can manipulate the heart to desire the wrong thing, while good music can encourage us to press on.

Is there a chance that you are lacking peace because there are things in your life that should not be there? Good music on Sunday and bad music on Monday will tear up your soul. Whether you are a music director considering bringing your church music closer to the world’s standards or a lay person who listens to one thing at church and another thing in the car, choose to listen to the Holy Spirit’s conviction in your life. Your music may be too loud to hear the Savior whisper. Choose wisely what melody resides within your heart.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder