It’s easy to get weighed down by the troubles and concerns of this world. We have an election coming up and we know every negative thing about each of the candidates. I would be guessing that based on the stories, none of the candidates’ mothers love them anymore. “Normal” murders don’t make the news anymore because we have so many other murders. Our world is in turmoil and in some parts of the world God’s people are being persecuted to the point of death. I could go on and on about the problems of this world, but it would be too depressing.
There is a way to deal with our attitudes and gain strength to face each day. We do that by focusing on God. Do we trust Him to handle things in the world, in His time? I know that He does things a lot slower than I would like to see, but I know that I can trust Him. If I can trust Him, then I need to acknowledge that and praise Him. For me, the best way to do that is in song. “I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” (Psalm 57:9-10)
Oh sure, we all sing during the worship services at church, don’t we? Well, not everyone. Sometimes I don’t, but that only happens when I am having trouble with coughing. But I sing in my heart, or with my hands in sign language. Singing frees my soul and brings me closer to God. Singing and praising God doesn’t only happen in the good times. David wrote this Psalm as he was fleeing Saul. His response to trouble was to sing. His response to good times was to sing. Psalms is the song book of the Bible and David wrote a lot of the Psalms. I’m sure that David had a lot of things on his mind through the years: working on the sheep, keeping peace with Saul, running away from Saul to save his life, dealing with treachery and betrayal, dealing with his own sin, and countless other issues. In the midst of all this, he found time to sing these songs showing his faith and commitment to God no matter what he had done or no matter what circumstances he was going through.
One of the reasons many people don’t sing is because they don’t like the sound of their own voice. I’ve got to admit; some people emit some pretty bad sounds when they attempt to sing. But I guess that I can compare that to life. I’ve done some pretty bad things in the past. God forgave them and granted me mercy because of Jesus Christ. If He can forgive those things that I would rather not mention, I think He can forgive bad singing. In fact, I believe that God loves your bad singing. When you sing praise to God with all your heart in spite of having a voice that could sink a thousand ships, God revels in the praise. God might even expect that from those who have a beautiful voice and have the ability to share it with others. But when people sing from their heart to tell of His love when they don’t have that kind of voice, it shows far more effort and commitment to praise Him. Today, the challenge is simple: sing praises to God. Sing in your heart during the difficulties. Sing at the top of your lungs in the car when you get stopped by every red light along your path. Let your voice fill the shower as you sing praises to God. Make today a day when your songs fill the air and others notice the joy you have in Jesus.
Lord, help me to sing today. When troubles come, let my heart and my voice praise You. If good things happen, let others know that I am grateful as I praise You in song. Lord, no matter what happens today, let me sing Your praises. Make today such an amazing day of praise that I remember to sing to You and for You every day.