Being able to distinguish and understand every word of a song can make all the difference in your appreciation and valuation of the song.
For several years, I have not been able to clearly understand the words of music being broadcast through electronic speakers, regardless of the source of the broadcast; whether it was from an automobile stereo system, a home stereo system, or an electronic device. Part of the problem has been the necessary volume; needing the volume so high that it is uncomfortable for all others around me.
A few days ago, I bought a pair of cheap external speakers for my laptop.
And it has made all the difference in the world.
Now, when my wife is not home, I can adjust the volume to the point that I can not only hear the melody and catch the basic message of the verses, but I can actually distinguish and absorb every word of the lyrics. Many of my favorite songs of the past have taken on a whole new meaning and produced much stronger emotions than ever before. I’ve also come to realize that some of the lyrics I once “sang along with” contain words and messages that I have always found vulgar; I won’t be listening to or singing along with these tunes anymore.
Being able to comprehend and meditate upon the true meaning of some of the “golden oldies” has made a major difference in my appreciation, valuation and the content of my “playlist” of favorite songs.
Spiritually, clearly hearing and understanding the scriptures make all the difference in our appreciation and valuation of them. Clearly hearing and understanding the scriptures make all the difference in our identification of right and wrong, righteousness and sinfulness, good and evil. Clearly hearing and understanding the scriptures make all the difference when we “test the spirits”, judge a message to determine if the messenger is a false teacher, or when we endeavor to speak the “sound doctrine” of the Bible.
“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17)
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into this world.” (1 John 4:1)
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceits and understands nothing.” (1 Timothy 6:3-4a)
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