What’s Your Song?

Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy. Psalm 33:2-3

Legendary college football coach Lou Holtz once said, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

What sort of new songs are you singing to the Lord these days? What? You don’t play an instrument? You don’t sing, you say? Everyone sings. Whether we sing in tune or not is what many people worry about.

When I try to ask men to come join our barbershop chorus, the number one and two answers I receive are, “I can’t sing,” and “you wouldn’t want me to spoil your sound.” Actually, for the most part, it’s not about the sound, though we strive for quality. More singers equate to more camaraderie and community.

Now, think about why God might want us to sing to Him. Do you really think he cares how well you sing? He has several million angels (minimum) who can accomplish that task on demand. No, one reason I would say is he wants to further that relationship he is trying to build with you.

So, what’s your song?

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Oh So Fitting

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33:1

To continue yesterday’s theme, King David exhorts us to sing joyfully. It’s not quite enough just to sing. When you are just singing to get through the song, there’s not feeling, no passion. However, when you sing joyfully, you are thinking about the object of your song. You are no longer mindlessly repeating something you read or something you’ve memorized.

What does it take to go from singing to singing joyfully? It’s a question each of us has to answer. Why? Well, as the Scripture says, it’s fitting.

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Sing Sing Sing

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:11

There’s something about music that is just right. The animal kingdom can kinda sorta do it. Mostly they’re one note wonders. Beautiful sounds, but limited. (I’m almost certain any zoologists reading this would differ and have scientific evidence to back it up). But the harmonies, the intricate and complex compositions of the voice and instruments gives us a special blessing. It’s like that with all the arts. It sets us apart.

Many of the psalms are actually songs that the writers sung to God. Often they were written and sung for specific events that God helped them through. Many will say that you can’t carry a tune in a barrel. I only ask a simple question: according to whom? To God? Hardly.

Forget what everyone else thinks about how you sound. You’re not trying to please them.

And lest we forget, if we neglect this important act of worship, the rocks are waiting in the wings to take our place (Luke 19:40).

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Getting It

Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
    or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him. Psalm 32:9-10

As Christians, we “get it.”
We understand a bit of the intricacies of what Jesus did for us.
In a small way we get God’s love.
We get that we are totally helpless without Him.

A lot of things about the Christian life, we get, though in a small way. Compared to the complexities and wonder of who God is, it’s all small. In this effort to know God, we’re but a tiny step ahead of our non-Christian friends, albeit an eternally important step.

But what we totally get is the peace and hope we have when we know we are in God’s care. We may no know much else but we do know that.

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Life Changing Wisdom

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

Picture, if you will, a father sitting his son down and instructing him. The tone of voice, the words he uses, the smiles he gives. They all point to a loving father wanting the absolute best for his child. He knows the potential pitfalls so he tells him. Will the son listen? Perhaps, but not always. The father also knows the rewards that await the child on the other end if the son’s been obedient.

Throughout Psalms and Proverbs (and quite honestly throughout the whole of Scripture) God has been revealing life-changing wisdom to His children. We can absorb as much or as little of it as we choose. It’s there for the taking. We know the wisdom to be perfect and we also know the Father heart of God, but will we heed it?

It’s a choice we need to make every day, and quite possibly many times during the day.

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