Catchy tune, isn’t it? When my kids were in pre-school, they used to sing some variation of this song. It was an earworm that I would have for days. And just when I would get rid of it, one of them would start singing it again. Grrr… They had all kinds of songs like this- months of the year, the continents, cleaning up, brushing your teeth. A song for everything.
We use songs to teach children simple concepts that they need to be able to remember- shapes, colors, life skills. The repetition of the song along with the melody teaches new concepts and reinforces old ones.
“God is always good. Yes, God is always good. What I sing on the mountain, I’ll sing in the valley. Yes, God is always good.”
These are lyrics to a song that we sing at my church. A few Sundays ago when we sang it, I stopped and reflected about what I was singing. Am I really saying the same things about God regardless of if I’m in the valley or on the mountain?
I was a person who used to rarely listen to Christian radio. I really disliked it. A few years ago, my mentality changed. I was going through a struggle that was effecting me very deeply. I was in a bad place- I would cry when I was alone. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. On my drive to work one day, I remember listening to some secular song on the radio and realized that what I was listening to was only reinforcing the state of depression I swimming in. I needed to hear something, anything that would give me some hope.
“Even though I don’t know what your plan is, I know you make beauty from these ashes…”
I needed to be reminded that God could use my broken hallelujah. I needed to build some positive pathways. I needed to build some faith.
Even now, I need to hear these simple concepts again…
“There’s never been a moment I was not held inside Your arms. There’s never been a day when You were not who You say You are…”
And one day, maybe I will remember what these songs are trying to teach me…
“I know You’re able and I know You can, save through the fire with Your mighty hand. But even if you don’t, my hope is you alone”
If you are going through a struggle, I want to encourage you to surround yourself with some faith. Try something simple- start with “Jesus loves me”- because sometimes we need to start back with the ABCs and 123s of our Christian walk to help us move on.
Lyrics from: Broken Hallelujah by the Afters, Never Been a Moment by Micah Tyler, Even If by MercyMe