When you love a song, you know every inflection, every beat, every word. But when a drummer gets offbeat, the entire song is thrown off course. What happens when the beat of our lives gets off? How do we get it back onto sync?

What to Do When Life Has Gotten Off Beat

I’m addicted. I just can’t help it. I love Matt Maher’s song ‘Lord, I need you.’ It’s on constant repeat on my YouTube. I know every inflection, every beat, every word. By heart. And I sing it like a banshee while on the elliptical.

Believe me. No one is knocking door my door for my out-of-breath version.

So,  when the band at church displays the title of the next worship song to sing I did a little happy dance.

“Lord, I come…I confess,” I start. But wait. I’m offbeat.

“Bowing here…I find my rest.” No. Wait. I’m still singing too fast.

“Without you…I fall apart.” Okay. Fine. I’m just going to have to sing “their” version of the song which is obviously slower than Matt Maher’s version.

But isn’t Matt Maher the right version?

Or maybe they are doing Chris Tomlin’s version?

No. It’s the song. Something is offbeat.

It’s the drummer. I’m not a musical expert, but I know it’s the drummer.

His beat is WAY too slow.

What happens when a drummer is offbeat?

I’m not writing the post to slam the drummer. I mean…we all have our slow days…maybe he didn’t get his morning coffee.

But as I was struggling to sing at a snail’s pace, I thought about the civil war job of a “drummer boy.”

In the 19th century, western armies recruited young boys to act as drummers. The drums were an important part of the battlefield communications system. (Wikipedia)

An article from the Washington Post explains why a drummer was so vital.

In the noise and confusion of battle, it was often impossible to hear the officers’ orders, so each order was given a series of drumbeats to represent it. Both soldiers and drummers had to learn which drumroll meant “meet here” and which meant “attack now” and which meant “retreat” and all the other commands of battlefield and camp.

If a drummer is offbeat, the entire platoon couldn’t function at its optimal pace.

This was felt in a very real way as I was trying to worship God on Sunday morning.

We can become offbeat with our Creator if we are running ahead or lagging behind.

Just like Matt Maher or Chris Tomlin are the pacesetters for my favorite song, the Bible is the pacesetter for your life.

The more you listen to the right version of a song, the easier it is to know if it is offbeat.

In the same vain, if you read, study, and meditate on your Bible daily, it will be easier to know when you life is off.

Get in your Bible, ya’ll (< insert Texas drawl).

Below are some inspiring verses supporting some good ole’ fashioned Bible reading.

And to the big guy in front of me, I’m soooooo sorry. I really tried to not be annoying and sing the song correctly. I hope you got some good Jesus-loving-worship-time despite my crazy singing.

Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Deuteronomy 11:18-23 (ESV)

 You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.

Matthew 4:4 (ESV)

 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

When you love a song, you know every inflection, every beat, every word. But when a drummer gets offbeat, the entire song is thrown off course. What happens when the beat of our lives gets off? How do we get it back onto sync?



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