Worship Interludes

Contentment | Piano Instrumental [Episode 208, February 18, 2020]

“Contentment” – Solo Piano Improvisation Background Music for Prayer, Meditation, Soaking Worship, Relaxation, and Mindfulness

Contentment is a word that has become very powerful in my life recently. The spelling and sound of the word content is so incredibly similar to the word contempt. They are so close yet so dramatically far away. One of these words can breathe life into your soul and the other word is bitter poison that brings nothing but unhappiness, stress, anxiety, and death to our souls.

Every one of us has different areas in our lives where things may not be the way we’d hoped. When disappointment sets in we can begin to focus on all of the negative things in our situation and eventually this leads to judgment against others and ultimately, contempt. Contempt is such a dangerous place to be as this feeling removes love from our heart and replaces it with scorn, disdain, and disgust. On the other hand, the wonderful ability to be content brings about such joy and freedom.

Being content is not easy. I believe this comes as a special grace from God through prayer and self sacrifice. Yet, in that sacrifice you come to a place where you realize that even if everything isn’t perfect in your life, you are at peace and have discovered how to be satisfied.

The apostle Paul shares this so beautifully in the book of Philippians, Chapter 4:

11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4: 11-13

I would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider areas in your heart where perhaps you’ve formed contempt over contentment. Confess those and ask for the strength and grace to be content in your situation. And remember, being content doesn’t mean that you give up on seeing your circumstances changing. It just means they don’t control your heart, mind, and emotions. It means that in the waiting, you are at peace.

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Sing for Joy | Piano Instrumental Music [Episode 207, February 11, 2020]

“Sing for Joy” – Piano Improvisation for Worship, Singing, Prayer, Meditation

Sing. That is what I did this morning while I recorded this improvisation. Sing with a sore, hoarse throat. Sing in the middle of coughs. I’ve been battling a nasty cold the past week and my voice is strained from days of coughing and congestion. Yet, as I began to improvise this morning, I felt the deepest need to just begin to sing. It was no song that has been written. I was just singing worship from my heart. Phrases of love, adoration, and gratitude for my God. Phrases of affirmation and affection coming forth. Singing in the Spirit.

Something magical happens in our bodies when we sing. No doubt, people in science have studied this and have documented some of the amazing things that happen inside our bodes when we sing. It’s my deep belief that we were all created to sing. Not all of us may sing well (myself included), but we can all sing.

Today’s interlude may feel a bit different. It may seem less lyrical and more rhythmic. This is because the melody was coming forth from my strained, broken voice.

When is the last time you closed the door and just sang freely. There’s no lyrics here – make up your own. Just sing “la la la la” if you must.

Sing for joy. It is so good for the soul!

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Butterfly Sunrise | Guest Pianist Jeff Bjorck [Episode 206, February 7, 2020]

“Butterfly Sunrise” Solo Piano Instrumental by Jeff Bjorck

Today’s piano instrumental improvisation is called “Butterfly Sunrise” and features pianist Jeff Bjorck. This beautiful, calming, peaceful piano improvisation is featured as episode #206 of the Worship Interludes Podcast. As I am traveling this week, I’d asked some of my colleagues who share a passion for peaceful, anointed piano music to share their gift. Jeff is a friend and colleague and fellow piano artist in the Whisperings Solo Piano Artists group.

Jeff’s tagline for his website says “quiet music to calm the heart in a noisy world”. How appropriate for this podcast which is designed to provide peaceful, calm, inspiring piano instrumental music as a background for prayer, meditation, soaking worship, relaxation, and mindfulness.

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