This morning, one little bit of Scripture sent me down American Idol Memory Lane. Ahhhhh, how I loved those first many seasons! We used to schedule our activities around that weekly show, appalled yet fascinated by Simon Cowell’s ruthless critique. We cheered for our favorites and took it personally when they were booted off the show.

How many wannabes got their start on American Idol?

I remember being so surprised when the entire group of 2008 finalists sang Shout to the Lord. That song, originally written way back in 1993 by Hillsong’s Darlene Zschech (who—lucky for us—is still singing it today), spun from just one little verse of Scripture:


Psalm 98:4: “Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!”


That’s all it took. One little verse and I was gone for hours–out on YouTube singing joyfully to the Lord the songs performed by people made famous on American Idol. But what better way to start the day? 

I moved from Shout to the Lord to Jason Castro’s Hallelujah then to Eagle Brook’s own 2013 contestant followed by every original Eagle Brook song I could find. I traveled through dozens of Danny Gokey and Carrie Underwood songs, and finally landed on Susan Boyle’s Britain’s Got Talent audition that still brings me to tears–I Dreamed a Dream from Les Mis. And I couldn’t help but wrap up my sing-along with Simon Cowell’s favorite, Bohemian Rhapsody, though I skipped the audition versions because no one can do it like Queen.

Through it all, I bet I opened and closed YouTube two dozen times, vowing to end this major time-waster and get down to business. But what better business is there than starting the day by breaking out in praise and singing for joy to the Lord…with just a wee bit of Queen tossed into the mix? I don’t think God minds.


Father, today I just thank You for the music (and oh my gosh, I just can’t quit: I veered off again to find Abba’s song by that very title). I never knew that so many songs spin right out of Scripture. Thank You for song-writers and musicians who touch souls and open up hearts to You with their words and melodies. And thank You for such a wonderful start to my today. Amen.


  • Reading this as I just get of bed makes me yawn in spite of your energy but laugh a little too, picturing the concert of Mary!! As the lead. You’re too funny.. and right on point. That IS how every day should be started. Thank you for the inspiration.

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