Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming… (Psalm 96:11-13)
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed. (Psalm 71:23)
But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, for You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress. (Psalm 59:16)
If ever there were a tree that could sing, it would certainly be the aspen tree. When spring arrives it unfurls its leaves and, almost as if in worship, its heart-like leaves dance in the wind and quake in harmony with its piney neighbors. The sight and sound of it draw me into immediate and joyful praise! What makes your soul sing for joy? Think about it. What fills your heart and spills over into spontaneous and grateful praise? Singing flows from our depths and literally from a breath breathed deeply.
The very idea of the soul expressing itself in song…of joy emerging and being carried on a melody sounds like the sweetest kiss of grace and gratitude.
As I read these Psalms I notice that the “singer” not only determines that his soul shall sing, “My lips will shout for joy,” but also works to inspire his soul by cultivating gratitude and joy over God’s victories, strength, lovingkindness, and bountiful provision! Here, again, we arrive at a crucial issue that has everything to do with living aware and awake. If we do not notice God’s activity in our days or His lovingkindness throughout our lives…if we do not work to inspire our souls by the wonders of God around us, how we will ever be moved to song?
If hurry and worry usurp all of our attention, we may find our hands full, our minds troubled, and our souls void of joyful melodies.
How does your life sing to God? Does it? Aspens need simply be the trees that God designed them to be in order to catch the wind and quake a happy tune. Our challenge, as believers, is to be willing to be the people that God created and avail ourselves to be filled with the breath of His Spirit. We don’t need to be spruces, just ourselves…given to God, for it is not our own perfections that inspire the soul to sing but rather, awakening to the Holy that gives birth to song. We were made for singing, so wake up to God today, take a deep breath…and tell your soul to sing!
“Lord, help me to sing! From deep within my soul I want to declare your strength and faithfulness. I want to notice your hand of love in this day and tomorrow, too! Let joy and gratitude rise up on the wings of a song written just to praise Your name. Amen.”
What about you?
Are you aware of God today? Where and how?
What inspires your soul to sing?
How does your life sing to God? Does it?
Encourage your soul to sing by cultivating joy and gratitude for God’s faithfulness.
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