Music is one of my most favorite things that God created. Isn’t it amazing how a song can take you to another place in time? Music can change your mood. Music warm your heart. It can soften your soul and pump you up. It can make you laugh or make you cry. It can bring you a memory of days gone by.

Wow…those could almost be song lyrics!

Great Uncle Ralph

My grandma’s brother Ralph had alzeimer’s. It was pretty bad as he continued to age. He would forget why he was where he was. He couldn’t remember what he had for breakfast and he couldn’t remember that he could sing.

While we were all gathered together for the 50th wedding anniversary of my grandparents, Uncle Ralph was asked to sing “How Great Thou Art.” It was his favorite hymn and he could sing it beautifully…from memory. As he was being asked to sing, he tried to get out of it saying he couldn’t sing or didn’t know the song but when the music started, he sang every word to every verse. That was amazing to witness as a young teen.

Paul and Silas

In 2004, I wrote a song called “Just Let Me Sing.” The basis of it comes from the Biblical account of Paul and Silas in prison. This is found in the book of Acts, chapter 16, verses 16-31.

16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days.

guitarBut Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” 22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Reading this chapter, I find amazing the attitudes of Paul and Silas. They had just been dragged through the marketplace, had their clothes torn and beaten with rods and here they are sitting in prison singing to God. What amazing trust they had! Proof that every embodiment of their being was completely and wholly for God!

My desire needs to be like that of Paul and Silas…whatever I go through, Lord, just let me have it in my heart to sing a song of glory to You!

The first line of the song comes from Psalm 42:8 – And in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life.

The lyrics are as follows:

Just Let Me Sing

At night His song is with me
By day His grace abounds
Each morning brings new mercy
In the stillness His peace surrounds me

And I’m standing on a mountain
With my hands lifted high
His spirit is reigning
In my heart flooded with joy

God, I stand before You
Singing You a prayer
I’m so happy Lord, to have You
And to be in Your love and care

So whatever happens in my life
I know You’ll always be with me
Through mountains and valleys I must cross
Lord just let me sing

I look out at the sunset
And my mind is reflecting on
The price that you paid for me
And the victory that you won

I’m so thankful for you Jesus
And Your great sacrifice
I just want to worship You
And glorify you with my life

God, I stand before You
Singing You a prayer
I’m so happy Lord, to have You
And to be in Your love and care

So whatever happens in my life
I know You’ll always be with me
Through mountains and valleys I must cross
Lord just let me sing

Let me sing of the love You gave me
Let me sing of the mercy You show
Let me sing of the joy that abounds, Lord
In my heart, my mind and my soul

God, I stand before You
Singing You a prayer
I’m so happy Lord, to have You
And to be in Your love and care

So whatever happens in my life
I know You’ll always be with me
Through mountains and valleys I must cross
Lord just let me sing
(c)2004

You can find a clip of this song, as well as a few others I recorded, below. If you so choose, you can even download it from iTunes, Google Play or Amazon.

What song touches you? What songs bring back fond memories for you? Let me know in the comments!