Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "O Lord Thou Art My God And King"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 104:33 – I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (NIV)
Praise God for the gift of music! Singing songs of praise can lift our spirits and fill us with His joy. I love to sing and give glory to God through praise songs and hymns. I play my favourite CDs when we are in the car. Lately, I have been playing my CDs more at home because I have more time on my hands, and I find that it soothes my soul and gives me hope in these trying times in our world. It's truly amazing how music brings joy and peace to our hearts.
I also find that the songs keep on playing in my mind throughout the day and even at night. I find myself waking up with a song going through my mind. God is always close. I feel His presence through the music, and He speaks to my heart. Music brings comfort and encouragement to us in our times of need.
There are many songs and choruses based on Scripture. These are some of my favourites:
- Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say rejoice. (x2)
Rejoice, rejoice, again I say rejoice. (x2)
(based on Philippians 4:4)
Be still and know that I am God. (x3)
I am the Lord that healeth thee. (x3)
(based on Psalm 46:10 and Exodus 15:26)
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me. (x2)
Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord,
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,
And renew a right spirit within me.
(words by Keith Green, based on Psalm 51:10-12)
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x4)
(words by Amy Grant, based on Psalm 119:105)
White as snow, white as snow, though my sins were as scarlet,
Lord I know, Lord I know, that I'm clean and forgiven.
Through the power of Your blood, through the wonder of Your love,
Through faith in you I know that I can be white as snow.
(words by Leon Olguin, based on Isaiah 1:18)
I'm sure that some of you were singing along as you read these. If you were, I hope that they brought you peace.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we always make a joyful noise to You in songs of praise! We honour and thank You for the gift of music and singing. As we sing and listen to songs of praises to settle our anxious hearts in these trying times, may the words of the songs draw us into Your presence and fill our hearts with Your joy and peace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.