Heart Songs

Thursday, August 5, 2021
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Psalm 96:1 – O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. (KJV)

Have you ever sung a new song to the Lord that you found written on your heart?

On April 27, 2006, as I was driving, I began to ponder how the beautiful sky is like the Lord's art canvas, and how He blesses us daily with a new design. Soon, I found a song on my heart. I dropped off my teenage daughters at school, then I sang the song to the Lord with joy all the way home.

Later, I picked up the girls from school, and shared the song with them. When they made fun of it, I felt crushed, and I cried all the way home.

The next day, I was cleaning out a drawer filled with cassette tapes, deciding which ones that I wanted to give away. As I was leaving to pick up the girls from school, I grabbed two tapes, got in my van, and popped a tape into the player.

Flashback to 1995: Our family had just started going to a new church, when it held a week-long revival meeting. Tom and Janie Autry played their music there for the whole week. I was also delivered of severe depression. I bought a couple of their cassette tapes, but I listened to only a portion of one tape. Instead, I kept playing the other tape over and over, as I found it really ministered to me at the time.

When I put the tape that I had never heard into the van player, miraculously, the words of the song were as if God were speaking directly to me. It was healing for my wounded heart, and I cried for joy all the way to school.

    "Just A Song" by Tom Autry
    (shared with his permission)

    I'm not looking for your song on the chart.
    I'm looking for the praise from your heart.
    I'm not looking for a catchy melody,
    Just a song to glorify Me,
    A song to glorify Me.

    I'm not looking for performance or show.
    I want someone who'll let My Spirit flow.
    I'm not looking for a fancy harmony,
    Just a song to glorify Me,
    A song to glorify Me.

    I'm not looking for a seeker of fame.
    I'll use the one who'll magnify My name.
    I'm not looking for a big-time ministry.
    Just a song to glorify Me,
    A song to glorify Me.

    Call on My name and I'll hear.
    And My Spirit, My Spirit will draw you near.
    Listen, listen to the words that I say,
    I'll give you the songs when you pray.

    I'm not looking for the perfect poetry.
    I'm looking for a song to set men free.
    A singer who sings on bended knee,
    A song just to glorify Me.
    A song to glorify Me.
    I just want a song to glorify Me.

Sometimes, it's helpful to see life's hurtful things from God's perspective, and encourage ourselves in the Lord! I just want to please the Lord and it matters to me what He thinks! When we are obeying and pleasing the Lord, it doesn't really matter what other people think. It truly matters only what God thinks.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for speaking to our hearts in love. As we stand in awe of You, may our hearts truly sing Your praise. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Rosemary Bruton <roseborn2@aol.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Rosemary.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional and song. Blessings.

    Loved your devotion. Thanks so much.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Thanks for sharing your joy today, Rosemary. A joy shared is doubled! May your music go on to bless us all.

    Rosemary, thanks for your story about with the reminder about how God desires the devotion of our heart above all. I appreciated the song lyrics too.

    Thank you, Rosemary, for your devotional today. Anyone who has had children knows that their tastes (in more things than music) are not necessarily those of their parents. So glad you found the song and shared it with us.

    Greetings Rose,
    Thank you for this very positive and encouraging devotional this morning and for sharing Tom Autry’s song. Yes, following the Lord’s guidance in our lives truly gives a special “joy in our hearts”. Blessings for writing and contributing to the morning devotionals.

    Lovely song! Bless you for sharing as I would have probably felt the same way!!
    He gave you that little song for your consolation and we tend to be tender when others might not appreciate it.
    God richly bless you, Rose!

    Good morning Rosemary
    This is beautiful. Yes, lots of times I am thinking about how wonderful God has been in the past and still is and I will come out with a tune and song on my heart to praise Him. It is overwhelming sometimes when I think of just what God has done in my life and where I am today with Him, that ‘thank you’ does not come close to what I want to say. So it comes in a song.
    It was so nice to read your devotional and I have never heard that song either, wow, very good, right to the heart.
    God bless you.

    Dear Rosemary, Your story has touched my heart, I tpo have felt stung enough to cry when I just wanted to share a wonderful experience the Lord has sent my way. Our own families have the greater power to hurt us because we share our very inner being with them.
    We think they will want to share our Joy! I guess that is why we were told to count it all joy when we are persecuted for our faith. God Bless you for sharing your heart and the song. We will soldier on for the JOY to come, being the child of a KING is worth the price.
    In Christian Love and fellowship,
    (On., Can.)

    Dear Rose,
    Amen to your writing. Much appreciation for your heartfelt devotional. Many times family does not understand the heart love that we express to God because they are at a different place in life, but you have learned the valuable lesson that the one it really matters to is God. He will direct the work to those he has in mind for the blessing. What comfort there is in knowing that He knew the joy he intended for your own heart song, not only to you, but also those He knew and chose before the foundation of the earth, to be blessed by it. I and many others are blessed that you shared this experience with the Lord. Also, how wonderful to your Spiritual growth that you had encouragement from the songster, Tom Autry, Blessings to your work.

    Dear Rosemary,
    What a wonderful experience to have a song to the Lord written on your heart. What a wonderful experience that God let you to the song you wanted to hear again “Just a Song”. Both experiences that God knew would help you on your journey.
    I have never had a song written on my heart, but I have had other experiences that God lead me to which have helped me grow in faith and understanding. Thank you for sharing a small piece of your journey with God and I hope that you will continue to share with others to help us learn and grow. It is not easy to share our experiences, but it is the community that God wants us to have as we learn to praise him and reach out for his comfort and love. Thank you. May many blessings come your way with many songs of praise to inspire you.

    Thank you! The song really helped me. I have to sing a solo on Sunday, the first time since before Covid hit. Our church is just reopening, and we are now going to be live streaming… that has been making me uncomfortable. Plus I have to do it without music, so the second verse… hit the mark.
    Thank you.
    I make up songs all the time praising God. I remember this one particular time our daughter was in the back seat, and she started to sing. She must have been 3 or 4, and she was praising God. She sang, making up the words as we drove, for must have been about an hour… blew our minds! She just kept singing! As we passed things on the drive, she would bring them into the song. It was marvelous!
    Thank you for reviving that memory for us!!
    God bless.

    Dear Rosemary:
    Thank you so very much for your heart-warming devotional!
    I, too, (in my 70’s), make up very unprofessional “praise songs” when I am driving alone in my car! And sometimes, I share a laugh with the Lord over some little “ditty”. I know He has a sense of humor, or He would not have created humankind!
    I was recently driving to the city nearest us, a little over an hour away, then returning. Both ways, I remembered a “Church” child’s song beginning with a, b, c…. to z. That’s 26 little choruses each way! Some were repeats down and back. Not the best music Jesus has ever heard, but I know He sang right along with me!
    Praising our Lord is absolutely the best medicine for our peace and mental, physical, and spiritual health.
    Keep singing! And writing!

    Lovely song. I love to sing hymns when I’m driving.

    Bless you for singing a new song to the Lord! No matter what the teenagers think, I’m sure that God saw the beauty in it.

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