This is the power of song--lyrics can resurface years later. And this is why product jingles stay with us and educational programs use songs to help commit facts to memory. It is also why the musical cadences of the King James Bible make it so much easier to memorize than other versions.
Songs cover the gamut of human emotions––from love to heartbreak, hope to despair, joy to anger––and it doesn’t take much to trigger a memory and consequently a song.
The national Christian radio station KLove challenges its listeners at the beginning of each year to listen to only Christian music for 30 days––not to disparage popular music or have people remove it from their lives, but to remind listeners that Christian lyrics add one more dimension to each of these emotions. They add a supernatural depth to the love and an eternal hope to the heartbroken. They provide a rock solid foundation for the joy and a remedy for the anger.
I hope you are one of those individuals who has your radio on full blast and sings at the top of your voice and from the bottom of your lungs. But if we realize what a lasting impression a song can have, perhaps we should have more than just catchy jingles or snappy dance tunes come to mind. Perhaps we should also have songs in our memory bank that bring back words of encouragement and hope.
Do you have a favorite hymn or current Christian song?