Releasing the Sounds of Heaven – Part 1 - Evangeline Inman - www.thevoiceofworship.com
…the skies opened up and, …a voice:
"This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love,
the delight of my life.” (Matthew 3:17 MSG)
I visited a church while vacationing in Orlando, Florida with my family. The pastor shared this inspiring story that I thought every Christian songwriter would love. He is a prolific songwriter with several gospel recordings.
One day, he felt like he was going through hell on earth. He was discouraged, and his faith was low. He pulled up to a red light, and the car next to him was having a great time. The guy was dancing and bobbing to the music. The Pastor songwriter looked over at the guy and thought, Boy, I wish I could be that happy!
Just then the happy, dancing, guy in the car noticed him and got even more excited. He was about to bounce out of the front seat. He started wildly motioning for him to roll down his window yelling, “It’s you! I’m listening to you!”
It took a few seconds for the pastor to figure out what he meant. The guy started pointing at his radio. “It’s you! I’m listening to you!”
The pastor songwriter realized that the guy was dancing to a song that he wrote and recorded. His attitude instantly changed. He couldn’t help but laugh. God knew just what he needed to lift his spirits.
God wants to do the same thing through the songs that you write. He wants to use them to encourage the discouraged, to strengthen the weak, and to heal the broken-hearted. These are sounds that change the atmosphere. When the fruit of your lips produce love, joy, and peace, then it releases a song of praise that brings a little heaven to earth.
There is a sound from heaven to be released on earth. At the baptism of Jesus, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove. They heard a voice from heaven, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17) It was the sound of heaven invading earth!
The Father is speaking over your life words of endearments. There is an open-heaven over you because you are His beloved child! When you hear the voice of heaven, it will validate your worth. The voice spoke over Jesus, "I am well pleased,” or “You bring me great joy.” The Father continues to speak these words over His children. God finds great pleasure in you.
While you were still in your mother's womb, He watched as you were being formed and woven together in utter seclusion. He made you mysteriously complex. The Psalmist songwriter wrote, "Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought! O God, your desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on every shore! When I awake each morning, you're still with me." (Psalm 139:17-18 - TPT)
As songwriters, we have the privilege of writing the love songs of heaven over this world. It's crucial for us as songwriters to take the time to hear the Heavenly Father speaking over us. When His voice of love is ringing in our spirits, then it translates onto the page where we write and fills the melody with passion.
I recently heard this story from my cousin, Elizabeth Goodine. She and her husband, Wayne, are internationally recognized songwriters. Their songs have ministered to people around the globe. Just a few months, ago her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer and scheduled for surgery. The day of the operation, Elizabeth asked the anesthesiologist to be extra careful when putting the tube down his throat because he is a singer.
The surgery went well and afterward Elizabeth was speaking with some of the medical staff. She was surprised to learn they had listened to several of his songs while they performed the surgery. Elizabeth asked how they found their music. It is a teaching hospital, and a couple of the interns had searched for the music on YouTube and then broadcasted it throughout the procedure.
I think that is amazing! To be lying unconscious on an operating table and yet still be singing about the goodness and faithfulness of God through the hospitals sound system, WOW! Incredible! I would call that bringing the sound of heaven right into surgery with you.
This story is just one of the endless possibilities of how God can use your song to encourage others and then bring the blessing right back around to you.
He knew you before the foundation of the earth. What the Father spoke over your life is still resounding from the throne room in heaven. There is no failure, no setback, set-up, or anything else that can separate you from the love spoken over you from the beginning of time.
Paul writes to the believers in Ephesus, "And He chose us to be His very own, joining us to Himself even before He laid the foundation of the universe! Because of His great love, He ordained us…" (Eph. 1:4 TPT) The Passion Translation footnotes of this verse are fascinating especially as it relates to us as songwriters.
“There is an alternate Greek translation of the unique wording of this verse that could be translated “He chose us to be a ‘word’ before the fall of the world.” The Greek word for “chose” is eklegomai, which is a form of lego (speak)…” (TPT footnotes) God was speaking a word over us before we were born. What a weighty responsibility as songwriters: God spoke words over our lives and enabled us by His Spirit to live out His Word. As songwriters, we get to share those lyrics with our generation.
I believe you are chosen to bring a word to this generation. To write songs that speak the words of the Father into the living rooms, bedrooms, automobiles, hospitals, porches, and backyards of people you may never meet. Your lyrics can bring the love of Jesus to places where you will never travel.
Don't just sing the story of your past, sing the story of your destiny that He spoke long ago. Don’t focus your songwriting on your failures but upon His unfailing love. Instead of writing about your feelings of inadequacies, write about His all-sufficient grace.
Let us listen carefully and pay close attention to His words of love and then share His love with our sphere of influence. May you be blessed in your songwriting endeavors to listen to the sound of heaven and release it on earth through the songs that you are writing.
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