>Have you ever had the experience where you have had a song in your head that you just can’t shake? I wonder how many of you started thinking of the Kylie song when you read the title and can’t get it out of your head now. It’s not so bad if it’s a song you like, but it’s agony if it’s something like ‘Agadoo’!
I now wish to apologise profusely to anyone who, as a result of reading the previous sentence now has ‘Agadoo’ bouncing round in their head and can’t shake it. ooops! It’s reminiscent of the line from a spoof of ‘Agadoo’ by the Spitting Image team years ago – the Chicken Song – “Though you hate this song you’ll be humming it for weeks!”
I had a similar experience yesterday. I remembered the first line from Psalm 121 and it would not go away. In many ways it’s the same thing because the psalms are songs. This doesn’t happen often but when it does I tend to take notice of it.
A song of ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
In turn this reminded me of a song based on this psalm that I used to sing when part of a youth choir in my home church in Torquay. It has the refrain: “He will not let you fall” which is repeated several times.
What did all that mean? Was God trying to tell me something? Had I eaten too much cheese?
Until or unless something more significant comes along I am taking it that this is an encouragement to trust God in all circumstances. It also needs a little understanding. The psalms seems to suggest that nothing will go wrong for believers, but we know that is not the case. As I read it I was reassured that God is with me, he is watching out for me, he is helping me, he is guiding me, he is protecting me from things of which I may never know, and he will never let go of me.
A song-related trick you can play on your friends who don’t read this blog, AND WHY NOT?
Tell your friends that you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of songs and that if they give you any name you can sing them a song that contains that name. (You can make it the subject of a small non-monetary wager if you like).
Your friend gives you a name (probably really obscure, for example ‘Ermintrude’)
You think for a while and then sing:
“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear [Ermintrude]*, Happy Birthday to you.”
*insert the name they gave you here!
Enjoy the admiration and awe that this generates among your friends, or start running