Every once in awhile I blog on making a case for humming more. Or whistling.
There’s not enough of it in our world anymore.
My grandpa was a carpenter. I would watch him work and while he worked, especially when he was cutting a board, or measuring for the cut, he would whistle.
As I walk through my day, I hum. Sometimes I whistle.
I hum hymns. They are so embedded in my spirit, I find myself humming a tune long after I’ve already started. Then, the words come to my mind… and I am refreshed.
Learning worship songs has become more and more difficult because we are getting bored with worship songs. It’s a shame. We need solid worship tunes making their way through our spirits on a regular basis.
Pick a favorite and learn it. Make sure it’s “hummable.” There aren’t enough hummable worship songs these days. Too many songs featuring some instrument or someone’s screaming vocals.
Learn some older stuff as well, if you’re daring. Call it “cutting edge.” You’ll feel better.
Come, Thou Fount is one I find myself humming on a regular basis. When I catch up with my humming, I remember the lines of one of the verses: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, O, take and seal it. Seal it for Thy courts above.”
When I am humming those songs, my life somehow centers in. In the past few weeks I’ve been more intentional about humming. When I feel my spirit getting agitated, I begin to hum. I don’t care who is listening. And in that humming, and it’s usually a hymn like Come Thou Fount or Great is Thy Faithfulness or something else with a King James word in it… I find my soul calming down and things lining up. I answer questions more calmly. I respond much better.
I’ve also worked harder to meditate continually on the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23. They are such joyous anchors to me right now. They keep me centered in. And when I am centered in on the power of the presence of Jesus, I am further along on the journey to truly hear his voice.