Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Genesis 45:1-15
Psalms 78:1-39, 40-72
1 Corinthians 7:32-40
Mark 6:1-13

“Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds -his name is the Lord… when you marched through the wasteland, the earth shook… God our Savior who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves…” (Psalm 68: 4, 7-8, 19-20)

You know those commercials, “Verb. It’s what you do.”? Well, Sing, it’s what I do…every day, all the time, no matter where I am. I’ve been in countless choirs (some of extremely high honor), taken voice lessons for 4 years, been in musicals and, as many of you know, have sung in the 9:15 band for two and a half years. You’d think all this would go to my head, and to be honest, it sometimes does. But it doesn’t take control over my life. When it comes to using my talents to glorify God, yeah, there’s a lot of room for improvement.

This verse sticks out to me. Why? “Sing to your Lord and Savior who is absolutely amazing! What a great way to praise Him!” That’s what I get from it. I get to sing for a God that shakes the earth and daily bears my sin and who I know can save me despite how undeserving I am. I get to sing for a God that is gracious and compassionate and merciful. What… An…. Opportunity!

Do I always do this? No. Sometimes when I stand in front of

that audience for a voice recital or when I get behind that microphone stand at the altar, all I think about is myself. Oh, that sounded good. Everyone’s going to tell me how much they loved it. I’m amazing! But God didn’t give me this talent so I can bathe in self-righteousness. He gave it to me so I could give it right back to Him, so I could praise Him. This verse is a great reminder that it’s a much greater reward to do what you’re good at for a God who saves. He’s the best audience a singer could ask for.

Father God, from you come these talents and for you should I use them. Help me to remember that it’s all worth nothing if it’s not done in Your Name. Much love. Amen.

--AP

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