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By: Anna Carrington

At Morningstar Academy, we use music to maximize children’s ability to remember. Grammar students sing catchy ditties to recall the parts of speech. In Bible class students memorize doctrineby singing the catechism. A good tune can help us retain knowledge. 

Music also has an incredible power to form us by seeping into our ordinary moments. When we sing Scripture, we can harness this power not only for our children’s benefit, but for the whole family’s joy. Here are three ways singing Scripture together deepens our encounter with God’s Word:

1. Singing Scripture imprints God’s word on our hearts and minds. ‘Ear worms’ are songs you can’t get out of your head. You find yourself humming them while unloading the dishwasher, you hear your kids singing them while building with Legos. Some ‘ear worms’ are good. Others, not so good. In our previous blog post, Laura Miller mentions music as a way to re-train our minds and direct them to God’s Word. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...” As he’s talking about the word of Christ "dwelling" in us, the apostle Paul exhorts us to sing!

 2. Singing Scripture redeems the time. For our family, that includes time in the car. Ephesians 5:15-16 says to walk wisely and “make the best use of time.” Deuteronomy 6 urges parents to talk about God’s commandments “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road.” When we sing this verse, my sons and I change the words to “drive along the road.” We’re a captive audience to whatever music is playing, and we sing God’s promises as we go out and come in.

3. Singing Scripture equips us for battles. The ‘Armor of God’ passage in Ephesians 6 clearly defines what we’re up against: the powers of this dark world and the forces of evil. Are we cowering in the back of the battle, humming a timid tune about how we feel today? Or are we standing firm with the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God? We can do more than tell our kids what the armor is. Through Scripture memory we can show them why we need it and how to use it.

A while back, a friend introduced me to the Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible CDs. This word-for-word Scripture music is well-crafted and lively. Some songs include longer passages instead of a single verse. This gives more context and plants deeper seeds for older children. If your family would like to begin singing scripture together, you can start by checking out:

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