"But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble." Psalms 59:16 NIV
Doesn't it feel good to sing? How many times have you witnessed someone singing along with music in their car? You can see the joy and smile on their faces as they sing. If they are really into it, they may even drum out the rhythm on their steering wheel while singing -- hopefully not accidentally hitting the horn. You may even be one of those people. Years ago, we got caught in traffic around Washington, DC. In the car next to us was a driver strumming his guitar and singing. It was a welcome change from the red-faced rant and horn honking we commonly witness.
When we sing praises to God, it not only feels good, it feels right, for he is worthy of our praise. In his grace, he showers us with his love, gives us strength, and provides us a safe place, not just occasionally, but every minute of every hour of our lives. And what an excellent way to show our thanks than with a song or worship.
This morning, pick your favorite hymn or gospel song and offer your praise with enthusiasm; let it come from your very soul. Then, following John Wesley's instructions, "Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, not more ashamed of it being heard, than when you sang the songs of Satan." I guarantee you, in a short while, you will have joy in your heart and a smile on your face.
Awesome God, we lift up our hearts in praise. You are our Creator, Savior, Redeemer, and Sustainer and worthy of our praise and worship. Please help us share our testimonies with others that they may come to recognize your presence and acknowledge the pure joy found in praising you.
Wesley, John. “Directions for Singing”. The United Methodist Hymnal Book of United Methodist Worship, The United Methodist Publishing House, 2001, p. vii.