“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?” ~Psalm 22:1, NKJV
One of the most valuable things in this world is suffering. Though it seems as if suffering is anything but, the greatest moments in the Christian life are always in the darkest of places.
Yet I believe that’s only what the devil wants us to think. He wants to turn our eyes in the wrong direction—to the misery of this world. But if we turn our eyes to the Savior, we’ll tear Satan’s misleading blindfold away from our heads, and instead see His glory guiding our circumstances.
Nevertheless, sometimes we feel as if we need another companion to help us make it out, to console us as we struggle. Good music, I’ve found, does a beautiful job of leading us to our Shelter, and I’ve included some of the finest solace songs below.
So for those of you in suffering this Valentine’s Day—here’s a gift from me to you.
- “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” by Billy Joel—This is not a Christian song, but the imagery and melody is so artistic…it’s a joy to listen to as you lay down to sleep.
- “Never Forget” by Michelle Pfieffer—There’s so much I love about this teary but peaceful song. Not only did it come from Murder on the Orient Express, it’s contemplative, poetic (especially the imagery of the phrase “dark November”), and has that ever-comforting motif of going home (“We will never forget you/You are home, my love”).
- “Love Has a Hold on Me” by Amy Grant—This song displays so much confidence in God’s love—and a sincere desire to follow Him.
- “God’s Will” by Martina McBride—This is a narrative song in which McBride tells how a little boy brought her to God, through sickness and love.
- “Non Nobis, Domine,” orchestrated by Patrick Doyle— This is one of my all-time favorite movie songs (it’s from Branagh’s Henry V). Inspired by Psalm 115:1, the song in English translates to, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but only unto Thy name give glory.” (Preceding info from my Folger copy of the play.) Every time I listen, it’s one big step into refocusing my soul upon God’s glory.
- “How Mercy Looks from Here” by Amy Grant—I love the story of perseverance Amy Grant weaves throughout this song. Listening to it is such a boon to a suffering soul.
- “In Pace” and “Go Bid the Soldiers Shoot” by Patrick Doyle—I put these two together because they generally have the same lyrics. Both are songs from Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet, and the lyrics, though not original, beautifully summarize what this blog is all about. Look below my signature to view the words (from soundtrack inset).
- “You Make Everything Beautiful” by Rebecca St. James—This song always helps for looking back on how God has worked in the past—and how He is working still.
- “Floodplain” by Sara Groves—”Some hearts are built on the floodplain,” says Groves, in a song driven by the comparison of the human soul and a river. Her vocals and lyrics are excellent.
- “The Waiting” by Jamie Grace—Holding to God when He seems to leave is the most beautiful thing a Christian can ever do, and to hear this singer’s touch on the subject is one of the most beautiful things you can do.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'” ~Psalm 91:1-2, NKJV
February 14, 2018
Lyrics to “In Pace”
Cherish righteousness, o judges of the earth.
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and the torment of death will not touch them.
In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, and their departure is taken for misery—but they are at peace.
The ungodly ruler has no hope, and even if he lives long, he shall be regarded as nothing.
But the just prince, he is at rest.