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Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (NKJV)

The music we taught our children's choirs over the years had to have firstly a solid Christian message and then a catchy tune. As well, each spring we did a different children's musical at our church. They were always based on Scripture and/or included Scripture verses set to music. As I stood high up in the Swiss Alps on our Daily Devotional tour of central Europe and the Oberammergau Passion Play, my mind and heart filled with long-forgotten tunes and words from one such musical decades ago, Make a Joyful Noise:

    O Lord, my Lord, how excellent Your name is,
    How excellent Your name in all the earth.
    Your glory fills the heavens beyond the farthest star.
    How excellent Your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:1,2a – O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! (NKJV) From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. (NIV)

In another musical, a song featuring Colby, the singing Christian computer, states:

    Input, output, what goes in is what comes out.
    Input, output, that is what it's all about.
    Input, output, your mind is a computer whose
    Input, output, daily you must choose.

Luke 6:45 – The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (NIV)

Music, a gift from God, indeed helps us not only to praise and worship God, but very importantly, helps us to hide His Word in our hearts.

I recall one occasion in particular when a youngster had an "Aha!" moment. As our minister was reading the Scripture passage during morning worship, the child reached over to me and excitedly exclaimed, "Mrs. T., we know that. We sing that!" How true! That Scripture which she had hidden in her heart was, to her, like meeting an old friend.

As I ponder the multitude of influences in this world, my heart longs to shout, "Beware! Negative in, negative out; but do remember, positive in, positive out!" Whether through a song or simply memorizing a Scripture a day, we need to hide His Word in our heart. Through the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit, His Word comes alive in us, to encourage, guide, and direct, as well as to return thanks and praise to Him. Let's take a moment today to internalize even one of the verses above. There is such joy in praising the One who made it all!

Prayer: Our heavenly Father, our hearts are full of praise and thanksgiving as we behold Your creation. You are a great and awesome God. Thank You for both Your written and Living Word, Jesus Christ! Help us to be faithful to fill our hearts and minds with Your Word, this and every day. In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

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