Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tuesday's Treasure

Today's Treasure: Singing!

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19

With the birth of each of our children, my heart was overflowing with gratitude to God for such amazing gifts. Looking into their newborn faces, I cried as I quietly hummed, “How (truly) Great Thou Art.”

Following a middle-of-the-night phone call, I raced to the hospital to join our son who had fallen ill. Feeling despair as I drove into the emptiness of the night, I turned on KTIS, where I heard the song, “Somebody’s Praying Me Through.” My heart was immediately comforted and I felt his peace. I was no longer alone.

Whenever I am exhausted as I stand in the gap for my loved ones, I turn the volume up on my favorite CD by The Martins. While harmonizing with them, I soon become reenergized with a strength not of my own:

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

At a time when my self-esteem had been wounded and I seriously questioned my worth, God spoke to me with Psalm 139. “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!" How amazing is my Creator—he knows me—he thinks of me—and he tells me I am his own! What worth!

Our daughter was married on August 13, 2005; what a wonderful day it was. Throughout the day, I had to stop myself from singing out loud; my heart was overflowing with happiness. Bursting with joy, a praise song from my youth came to mind and I silently sang the refrain:

Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice
Oh come to Father, through Jesus the Son
And give Him the glory, great things He has done!

Reflection: Listen for Jesus in your life today. Let these lyrics be your guide:

I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses,
And He walks with me, And He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
**From March 29, 2006 Lifeline Devotional


Dawn said...

Music has been such an important part of my life, and songs do come just as I need them. Thank God for good music. I really love that song sung by Alan Asbury that you mentioned - Somebody's Praying You Through. I have lost that CD - how can you lose a CD out of your house?? I must order another one.

MugwumpMom said...

I've been taught by some songs better than some sermons. Singing is healing to me too! Thanks for this and the blog of beauty post.