I have a confession to make: I love to sing. I’m not very good at it, but since I’m usually my own audience, it doesn’t really matter. Nothing makes me feel better than singing a song of praise to God (not even chocolate, and let me tell you that is something!)
When I was young, my mother dragged me to our Episcopal church on a Friday night for several hours of prayer & praise. When the service first started, it wasn’t where I wanted to be on a Friday night. Miami Vice was on TV, and I was completely missing it! However, by the end of the service, it was singing songs of praise that really made it all worth it. For almost three hours, I sang and worshipped the God who created me, and it was wonderful! Feelings of joy, peace, and surrender flowed in and out of me with the music, and I was so thankful my mom forced me to go. Oh, how I could relate to the trees, the fields, the heavens and the seas as they rejoiced before God in today’s Psalm:
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.
And thanks to Jesus who died for me, one day, I’ll get to stand in Yahweh’s courts and sing my praise to him in person.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. (Psalm 96:2.)
Thank you, Lord, for all that you’ve done for us sinners. Please help us to remember to lift our voices in praise even when we feel like crying. For it is because of your sacrifice that we will live again, without fear, sorrow, or pain. Amen.