“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” – Titus 2:11
We are starting a new sermon series at Table of Grace this week called, “Music to My Ears.” I am looking forward to this series as we do a behind-the-scenes on the songs we sing. We will look at the lyrics and meaning as well as what the songs express about God, salvation, humanity and why we sing them as a congregation. I am particularly excited that we will be looking at modern worship songs as well as the traditional hymns of our faith.
Songs are a significant part of our life. We sing songs when we are happy and sad. We sing lullabies to babies and the school songs of our alma mater. Songs can bring to mind memories and experiences that were long forgotten. Songs also remind us of important moments in our faith. That’s what I want to share with you in this space over the next few weeks. Songs that have been meaningful to my faith journey, in hopes that it will spur reflection on the songs that have been meaningful to your faith journey.
One of the songs that I have to stop everything and listen to (and maybe sing along with) is, “Your Grace finds Me” by Matt Redman. It is a song that expresses the presence of God’s grace in different circumstances that we all travel through in life. Here’s a verse from it:
It’s there on the mountain top
There in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace, oh, such grace
While I think of God’s grace in the significant moments in my life, I often overlook the presence of God in the “everyday and mundane.” This grace is even present in the high and low moments of life. As Methodists, we talk about the prevenient grace of God. Meaning, the presence of grace in our life before we recognize it or have words for it. I think about this grace as the very goodness of God that is present in all of creation and all around us that reminds us that life is truly a gift. This song reminds me to give thanks for those moments that go by so fast that I often take them for granted.
What songs remind you of the grace of God? What songs make you stop, listen and sing along a little too loudly. These songs are pointing you toward the important truth that God is present with you even in the “everyday and mundane.”
Rev. Chad McSwain