TRY SINGING

Sing and make music from your heart to the LORD. Ephesians 5:19

 

Have you ever listened to what’s happening in your head the moment you awake? Quite likely, it’s a song. It seems that the heart is waiting for the body to wake up so it can begin singing. Just like the birds who, in anticipation of the day, pierce the darkness with their morning praises.

Before David became king, Saul’s paranoia had him relentlessly chasing David from one corner of the kingdom to the other. To escape, David and his men moved out of the country to the Philistine town of Ziklag. They even relocated their families. While David and his merry men were out raiding, the Amalekites swooped in, burned the town, and took their families.

The anger of David’s men was so great that they were ready to kill David. At this point, David had no place to go. Outcast at home, family lost to the Amalekites, and in peril from his own men, the Bible says, “ David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God” (I Sam. 30:6). With no one to turn to, David turned to God.

Did he sing one of his psalms? Perhaps this is when he composed Psalm 61:

Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
Increase the days of the [my] life,
[my]years for many generations.
May [I] be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to protect [me].
Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
and fulfill my vows day after day.

With no visible source of help, David turned to the Lord just as we can in our time of need. Can’t get someone on the phone to listen? Go to God. Don’t know anyone who would understand? Go to God. Feel alone in your distress? Go to God.

Make music in your heart to God who always hears; who always understands; who is always there. Corrie ten Boom was once asked how she stayed encouraged. She responded that when two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, he is there. “There’s God, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and me,” Corrie answered. For her, that was enough.

With Jesus, we have enough. When you need help, try singing.

God you are all we need. Always. Thank you. AMEN.

Author: mcurry09

Marthe Curry is director of the World Missions Department of her diocese in Texas. In that capacity, she frequently travels internationally to empower individuals and communities in discipleship and development. She loves to teach, write, and garden. Marthe has a Ph.D. from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has two children, grandchildren, two dogs, and lives in San Antonio. She looks forward to your comments and questions.

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