I have a habit of waking up in the morning with a song in my head, often inexplicably. It’s usually running through my mind as I first opened my eyes.
Sometimes I know why it was a particular song: I heard it the day before and it’s still on my mind. Other times it’s completely random and odd: why is “Kung Fu Fighting” suddenly running through my mind, and what’s up with that!? Why did I greet today singing, “I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well”? And do I even know that song? Or how about “I’d Rather Have a Bottle in Front of me than a Frontal Lobotomy.” (I’ve got to stop eating before bedtime).
My favorite days are when I wake up to a song of worship. Sometimes it’s something new, sometimes it’s a song from my youth, sometimes a great hymn of the faith. But the day always seem to be a little better when it started with a song of praise.
I’m amazed at some of the songs that make their way into my subconscious. When it’s a worship song, I always give special thought to the words, as if there’s a message there for me. Sometimes, I’m sure there is. The last few days I woke up to the song from Lamentations …
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentation 3:22-23 NRSV)
An older song, but no question there’s a message in this one. (It’s scripture; it has a message for all of us.) Even after many years of following Jesus and over 20 years of ministry, I still need to be reminded from time to time that God’s love never ends, his mercy never ends, and every day is a new day in him.
Most of you know the song. Think about it today: the never-ending, never-changing, faithful love of God.