Life Lyrics by Laura Shaw
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"For in Him we live and move and have our being."
Acts 17:28a (NIV)
Every time I hear the song Lifesong by Casting Crowns,* it ministers to me, reminding me that all I do and
say is my life’s song to the Lord. The mistake I have made in the past, however, is believing that if my
song isn’t upbeat, then it has no value. What God has shown me through the past several years of trials, is
that it is not as much about the tune as it is about the lyrics as a whole.

Here’s an example. Throughout many Psalms, David’s tune is upbeat….you can almost hear the cymbals
and drums as he sings out, “Praise the Lord, O my soul. All my inmost being, praise His holy name.”
(Psalm 103). Chapters before that, we hear from the same mouth: “Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am
poor and needy.” (Psalm 86) Can you see anyone dancing the jig to that tune? The cool thing is that
whether David or any other Psalmist is upbeat, bitter, depressed or ecstatic, they almost always make
reference to the Lord’s goodness or sovereignty.

So what about you? Think about the different tunes your life has sung out to God and to others. Your
melody may have had a recent change even as you’re reading this. This theme has been on my heart for
awhile now, and it applies to me personally quite perfectly. In the last decade, I’ve walked through a
season of incredible miracles, joy, prosperity, strongholds, depression, physical pain, emotional pain, loss
and sacrifice. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions, and each one has made its note on the chart of my
lifesong.

My prayer for you and for me is that no matter whether our lifesong’s verses cry or laugh, yell or whisper,
that our repeating chorus would always one chiming of faith, hope, love and Truth. Beg Him to help you
remember all the situations He has brought you through, all the lessons He has taught you, and all of the
ways He has blessed you. In doing so, let it begin a fresh and new refrain within you.

May our life’s lyrics be pleasing to You, our Lord, our Rock and Redeemer, Sustainer and
Comforter, Friend and Father—Amen.
If I were to ask you what kind of song your life sings, what would you say? Is the
melody upbeat, melancholy, traditional, or patriotic? What do the lyrics speak of?
Maybe praise, lament, crisis, joy, pain, depression, truth, struggle, etc.

Just as the number of music genres are astronomical, and the combinations of
the songs within those genres are endless, so it is the same with each of our life
songs. And the genres and the artists morph over time, producing whole new
styles and ways of people expressing themselves. It’s mind-boggling if you think
about it. In the same way, we change as a result of our circumstances and our
faith working in us; thus, shifting seasons leading to new songs.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He PUT A NEW SONG IN MY MOUTH, a hymn of praise to our
God…”
Psalm 40:1-3a, NIV