over the past week, i’ve spent my personal devotional time filled with melodies and harmonies. i made a spotify worship set of a few of my current favorite songs & prayed that God would move intentionally in my heart with these songs. each day, i delved into the Word & studied one song’s foundational scripture. having this new light shone on the song & these hours of time spent in my Bible has renewed my heart in beautiful new ways. i “hear” more from the scripture & i also worship harder & deeper when i sing along to the corresponding songs. it’s been a beautiful collision of worship styles.
every morning, after i dropped my daughter off at school, i sat down at the kitchen table with my supplies surrounding me & my bible. i hit play on my spotify list & prepared my heart & mind to come into the presence of God. each day, one song would speak more to my heart. it would bring tears, or insurmountable joy, or i would just FEEL God’s love pouring out from the melody. i would listen to the song once more & write down a handful of lines that really inspired me. sometimes it was the chorus, but sometimes it was one unsuspecting line in the middle of a verse. then i sifted through my supplies & the creative fun began!
some days i would know a verse right off the bat that would correspond with the lyrics of the song. other days i would use my trusty ol’ pal, google. it’s easy to find a verse this way — for example, i simply typed in “you can have everything + bible verse” and searched through the results until i found exactly what i wanted to use. i also wanted to make sure i had a full page of empty margin in my bible for that particular verse, so i could fit everything in. if my first choice had already been studied & journaled, i needed to go back to the search results & find a different verse.
music has always been a huge part of my personal worship. it has been such a treasure to include these beautifully written lyrics in my own bible margins. when i revisit the scripture down the road, i’ll have a secondary layer of worship with which to praise God! i have plenty more songs to fill in over the coming months, feel free to follow & share my #worshipcollision journey on instagram!