When I study the Bible a lot of times I have to do it with kids running around or at a coffee shop. Rarely do I get up these days and spend time quiet time before the kids wake up (I’m working on that this school year). To give me a sense of “quiet time” I plug in my headphones and listen to music.
At first I just listened to whatever I wanted, but I found if the song had lyrics I had a hard time concentrating on the passage of Scripture or my prayers. I had already been developing a playlist for writing, so I just began using that playlist for my Bible study. It has worked perfectly! Today I’d like to share that playlist with you. The links below are iTunes, but most of these songs are on Spotify or Amazon music. Just as a disclaimer, I’ve not watched all of these movies and do not endorse the movies themselves, just the instrumental music!
When I use these songs while I study and prayer, my mind isn’t thinking about the lyrics, or even the movies. It has been a great way to create some ambient and reflective background noises. God’s Word is the priority (not the songs we choose), but I’ve found it is so helpful to have something to help me focus.
One of the biggest hurdles I have to overcome is focus. My phone, my to-do list, my children, and my chores all seem to keep me from focusing on Bible studying and prayer. Having this playlist ready and available when I need it has been a lifesaver. I even have a hard time with praise and worship songs playing while I read the Bible. I know a lot of their lyrics, and even if it is just the music, I find myself thinking of the words to the songs. That’s why I choose mostly music from movies I’ve either never seen or movies I haven’t seen in a long time.
Most of the songs above are piano or guitar based, some have full orchestras, but as I said, the key is they have no words. I want the words of God to speak to me, not the words to my songs. I hope you will consider downloading a few of these songs to play during your time with God.
If you have a playlist or songs you like to listen to which help you focus on share a few of the songs below! I’m always looking for new songs to add to mine!
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