Saturday, April 23, 2016

Daily Thought For April 23, 2016

The Power of Singing To The Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song. (Psalm 98:1)

Why should we sing? Because singing engages our hearts as well as our minds, and God cares about the whole person, emotions included. He wants to breathe life into our spirits and minds and bodies. Singing offers him entry into our whole being in a way that ordinary speech doesn’t. And if we have difficulty opening our hearts, singing can open the pathway for his Spirit to move in us.

So sing! Sing of Jesus’ victory on the cross, his victory over sin. Sing because God has given you victory through Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). Sing because you do not have to live mired in guilt and shame. Sing because you have access to the Father through the blood of Jesus’ cross. Sing because he who is faithful will cleanse you in the pure water of life. These aren’t things we just hope will happen; they are steadfast promises of God!

Yes, sing a new song to the Lord! Sing of God’s justice, revealed in his unfathomable mercy and kindness toward us. Sing of his dedication to his plan and his will that no one will perish but that all people will “be saved” and “come to knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Sing because he has redeemed you from sin—yes, even the sin you brought upon yourself. Sing because he wants to make you holy and blameless—and because he is faithful and will accomplish it!

Sing because God wants to make you holy and blameless in his sight and in the sight of all those around you. Sing a song of gratitude as he leads you in paths of righteousness today. Sing as he cleanses your conscience and gives you rest. Sing of what is pure and right, lovely and good. Sing joyfully as you see his kindness and faithfulness toward you. Sing of your longing to know all of this more, to experience his love and mercy more and more deeply. Sing the new song that all the saints and angels are singing in heaven right now: “God is good! He has done marvelous things!”

“Father, you are marvelous! I praise you for your goodness in my life. You are faithful, just, and merciful, and I am hungry to experience more of you. Father, I will sing today of your victory and your mercy!”

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