Today, I have a different viewpoint on the words and the music. In most cases the words are more important than the music behind them. I believe my children have discovered this at a much earlier age than I did for which I am grateful to God. I may not like some musical compositions, but strong lyrics which focus our attention to God that I can approve.
As a father, Deuteronomy 6 is a very important passage. Not in a legalistic way, but from a practical everyday living with the vision of pleasing God and raising up the next generation to do the same. And that my children will pass it along to their children so the cycle continue.
Since we are part of the "plugged-in" generation we must set forth a vision which will allow liberty but must glorify God at the same time. Our eyes and ears are the two organs directly connect to the brain. What comes in goes right into the greatest storage bank ever created. Therefore, the images and words we hear must be guarded. I wish I had the understanding that I have now back when I was 10 years old. Instead of being able to name the top 10 songs on the AT 40 with Casey Casem, I would have hidden God's Word in my heart. Now, there's a different vision.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
To have a clear vision, our focus must be on the right things - the things of God.
This is the starting point of the journey. True vision, I believe, is given by God.