Hello Hillside Family!
My name is Marco Milani, or Msquared, and this is one of many articles I will be writing for the Hillside Herald Newsletter. This section will be all about my Christian walk, and the things I go through and struggle with, centered around one bible verse.
In this issue, I will begin my series of articles with a verse that inspires me every Sunday, not only when I go to praise band, but also when I go throughout my week. It comes from Psalm 100:2.
“Worship The Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
This verse inspires me because in our praise band, that is what we play: joyful music praising the Lord. Even when I go through my week there is not a moment in the day where I don’t have a song in my head, or a song in my ear playing through my headphones. No matter the genre, whether it be the Christian music I hear on K-LOVE every morning when I’m walking to school and taking the bus, or the secular music I listen to when I’m at home, it is always joyful because I have a song in my head.
I’m sure everyone has had that sort of experience where they hear a certain song either now or from their past and it brings a beaming smile to their face. We internally and externally smile because it brings back good memories and gives off good vibes. However, being joyful doesn’t just have to come with music. It can come with the fact that we are saved from all of our sins, and can, as the verse says “Worship the Lord with gladness” and “come before him with joyful songs”.
As Christians, we can go through life no matter the trial or tribulation and come before him with joyful songs. No matter what our day, week, month, year, or decade is like, we always have something to praise about, even if it’s just the small things that are the constants in our lives, like a roof over our head or food on the table, or even a warm bed to sleep in.
So as you go through your week, remember, no matter the genre, sacred or secular, to keep a song in your head, and go around praising God and coming before him with joyful songs of praise and glory to Him. Keep that smile on your face, because we are saved. As Psalm 126:2-3 says: “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”