The science gurus recently discovered something awesome: Music helps people exercise longer, harder, and enjoy it more!
Why? Because something about music makes time ’pass’ faster.
Today as I worked on my contract job (web work), not something I eagerly “look forward to”, I opened Pandora because I LOVE music. It makes the tediousness of my job more bearable. Many times I find myself loving it! Who knew?
Then I connected the dots…music makes everyday life better!
What is it about music that suspends time? I’m not sure, but cleaning my house, lifting weights, painting walls, even yard work have all been greatly improved by music. I turn it on all the time!
Isn’t that what God tells us to do when we’re in the midst of trial after trial and exhausting circumstances? He says to PRAISE Him. Over and over again He communicates in Scripture that our victory is linked to our worship.
Many mornings He awakens me with a song, and it’s definitely not my own doing. The song’s often a random one pulled from the recesses of my memory and popped into my head as I wake. Then as I prep for my day, the song arises and I’m suddenly aware that it’s exactly what I need to overcome what I’m facing that day or that moment.
He puts the music in you! Why? Because He wants us to overcome, so He gives us songs to rise above what would otherwise be unbearable.
His music suspends time, making difficulties pass faster than if we sat silent and endured the pain.
Could this be why music was central in the lives of slaves centuries ago or Holocaust victims in concentration camps? Music makes our spirits soar and takes our eyes off the situation we’re in. It turns drudgery (ahem, running 6 miles) into fun! And not just that - it makes us want to run faster. This sounds crazy… except for the fact that music changes something deep in us and propels us onward.
This should inspire us to run to worship Him when we’re struggling. Open your mouths today and praise Him! You’ll find it’s exactly what you need to give you great joy during hard times, exceedingly abundant joy!