Thursday, August 15, 2013

Music Helps Our Memory

Memory Enhanced With Music
Read: 1 Chronicles 25:1,6-8
David and the army commanders then appointed men from the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jaduthun to proclaim God’s messages to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, and cymbals.  All these men were under the direction of their fathers as they made music at the house of the Lord. (1 Chronicles 25:1,9 NLT)
            Our memories are fickle – they like to play tricks on us.  When was the last time you said, “Now where did I put my car keys?” or “Where did I leave my purse?”  Just the other day I looked high and low for my shoes.  I forgot that I had taken them off outside because they were muddy.   
            Forgetfulness – It happens to the best of us.  We struggle to remember birthdays and anniversaries, phone numbers and addresses, appointments and deadlines, and oh yes, “where did I put my glasses?’
            “What does all this have to do with God and His Word,” you say?  Just this – forgetfulness is one reason why memorizing God’s word is so difficult.  Try as you will, you can’t seem to get the Bible verses to stick in your memory bank.  The older you get – the harder it comes.  That is why we encourage children to memorize bible verses when they are young.
Music played a major role in the worship of God by the people of Israel.  David was a superb musician and performed a great service for us by instructing his army commanders to proclaim God’s message through music.  Putting the word of God to music makes memorizing easier.
Many of you remember the little “jingles” used by manufacturers to advertise their products.  How many times did I go around singing the Pepsi commercial?
“Pepsi cola hits the spot!
Twelve full ounces, that’s a lot!
Twice as much for a nickel, too
Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.”

            There were many other jungles such as:

·        Ajax – laundry detergent – “Ajax is stronger than dirt.”
·        Colgate dental cream – “Cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth.”
·        Charmin – “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin.” (Mr. Whipple)
Showing people that we are happy while singing about the Lord is a great witnessing tool.  You never know what responses you might get or conversations that may develop.

            Guess what? All the time you are singing praises to God you are in a worship mode. 

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