Chances are the answer to that question is ‘no’ for most of the song lyrics you have stored in your brain.
It doesn’t take a scientific study for people to see that for many of us, songs help us memorize faster. You start out with your ABCs in preschool and throughout elementary school little melodies are used to teach rules of grammar and math, scientific facts, and dates from history. If you listen to a song enough, you almost can’t help memorizing the words without realizing it.
This is why what you listen to is so important to consider.
In Philippians 4:7-9 we are told “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Do the song lyrics you’re filling your head with fit into these criteria?
Psalm 77 is one of the Psalms of Asaph. He is writing in a time of distress and says in verse 6 “I remembered my songs in the night.” In times of fear, trouble or temptation memorized lyrics can be a powerful reminder of the truth and God’s love and comfort. When you just can’t form the words to pray in times of hardship there are songs of encouragement and praise. In your joys and trials music can bring you to a place of thanksgiving and worship. Filling your thoughts with Godly lyrics will lift your focus to praise throughout the day.
The other side of this is that saturating your mind in ungodly lyrics can affect your mood, speech, opinions and thoughts in a negative way. Before you even realize that it’s happening, the music you casually listen to can pull you away from God.
I encourage you to choose to fill your head with words of truth and life.
Pray this month that God will fill your mind with thoughts pleasing to Him.
Ponder 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” When ungodly lyrics pass through your mind, what can you do?
Read Psalm 145. This is a Psalm of praise in which David declares that songs exalting the Lord will be on his lips and in his thoughts all day long.
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