Revelation 10; Nehemiah 13; Psalm 104:24-35
‘I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.” (Psalm 104:33-34 NKJV)
Do you ever break out into song for no reason? Do you ever go through an experience, good or bad, that makes you think of a song? I fully believe that human beings are hardwired to sing and to enjoy music. Depending on who you read, either Augustine or Martin Luther said that “he who sings, prays twice.” The author of this Psalm made it clear that singing to the Lord brings joy to the singer and to the Lord. I would even say that singing is part of our meditation as we speak and listen to God.
Now, don’t start with this “I can’t carry a tune in a bucket” nonsense I hear from a lot of people when we talk about singing. I have a feeling that God doesn’t hear our voices sing so much as our hearts. Sing with joy, sing with gratitude, sing with sorrow, sing with your feelings. Let God know how you feel. (Hint: you won’t surprise Him.) One of the most inspirational parts of my days recently has been reading the postings on CaringBridge by a friend whose husband suffered a stroke. As she shares the events of the day and how her husband is progressing, she shares a song that came to mind as she thought about the day. It would be easy to wallow in self-pity, given what her husband is dealing with, but she sings for joy as God continues working in her husband. So, break out in song. Do it in the shower, while you’re cooking or cleaning, sing in your heart if you get pulled over by the cops or have an issue with your boss. Sing in the car and be so loud that the guy in the next lane can hear you. Just sing to the Lord and experience His joy as you give Him joy. (Go ahead and sing the prayer. Get a start on singing!)
Oh Lord, You are worthy of my song, just make my song worthy of You. Oh Lord, You are worthy of my life, please make my life worthy of You.