Singing; September 17, 2022

Psalm 104:33-34 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.

The thoughts expressed here aren’t unique to this Psalm, but this is certainly a beautiful expression of them. Considering that the whole book is a collection of poems/lyrics, it’s hardly surprising that there are many references to singing to God. Also, since the focus is on God, there are multiple references to our thoughts being in line with His, most notably in Psalm 19:14, by David. Truth this important certainly bears repeating! Thinking of God should be a joyful thing, and it easily is for those who have a right relationship with Him, but the flip side of that should be true as well: when we are happy, we should think of God and give Him thanks. When we let that percolate through our mind and heart, that is indeed meditation that is pleasing to God!

I could well say that this is the theme of my life. I can’t imagine a life without music and I look forward to heaven, where everything sings to God, as reported by my wife and others who have been and come back. Allowing the songs of the Kingdom to run through my heart and mind is a powerful shield against temptation and an equally powerful antidote to depression. It’s an excellent way to keep my thoughts in line with God, because the world and the devil, not to mention my own appetites, work to pull me away. Just yesterday my wife sent me a link to a quote from John Calvin, of all people. “The music must not turn the church into an audience enjoying the music but into a congregation singing the Lord’s praises in His presence.” I am very grateful that “church music” has been participatory for me all my life. I have heard musically “perfect” performances by people who did not walk with God, but singing or playing from the heart is a very different proposition. As I am reminded with increasing frequency, my voice is not what it was when I was younger, but I pray that my heart is more in tune with the One to whom I sing. I’m sure that songs to God will continue to be part of me as long as I am in this body, and then throughout eternity!

Father, thank You indeed for the privilege of singing to You. I pray that I would never be limited to performance, whether I’m singing by myself or before a large group, but would be worshiping indeed, leading all who hear to worship as well, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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