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Love, a Song, and a Prayer
by Renea Hamby
03/29/10
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Psalm 42:8
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.


The writer of this Psalm opens with “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” How direct is the relationship between our thirsting and hungering for God and His appearance to us day and night? Or is it that He is there but we just don’t notice if we are not in desperate need?

“By day the LORD directs his love.” During my waking hours I get very busy and self consumed. Still if I am seeking God and longing for His presence, I will feel His love directed at me in all types of ways as my day progresses. He gives me little notes of affirmation throughout the day to encourage my spirit. Maybe as I get up in the morning and am washing my face or brushing my teeth, I find myself humming a tune. Lately it has been “Jesus Loves Me.” That’s a confirmation…isn’t it? Maybe I get an email from a friend about how much they appreciate some little something about me. That’s a confirmation of God’s love…isn’t it? God is constantly directly and appointing His love toward us even when we fail to see it. But if we are thirsting, we notice every little post-it.

“At night his song is with me.” I love the quality of the original language in this phrase. The song that He covers me with at night is a traveling song or a strolling song. Even at night, He comforts my spirit with a song meant to encourage my walk. Not a running song but a strolling song. He encourages me with a melody that has a sweet pace and a comfortable stride. He never intends to drag us. He never intends to leave us behind. We walk side by side whispering a sweet tune of contentment. That is indeed a lullaby worthy of rest and peace.

Just as the LORD, Jehovah, gives these things to me both day and night, they become my prayer back to God. It’s like the swinging of a pendelum, a gentle swaying back and forth. He gives to me in order that I may give back to Him. On my own I have nothing worthy to give. As He fills me with His song, I sing along, which becomes a song of praise and prayer to Him. It becomes an interceding prayer for my desire.

Day and night He directs His love and He sings over me. Sometimes it is a song of comfort. Sometimes it is a song of deliverance. Maybe a quick paced tune to liven my step in rhythm with His desire for my life. How wonderful to know that He is ordering my life both while I am aware and while I am at rest. God never leaves His children without comfort. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year, He is lavishing on you love, a song, and a prayer.

Renea Hamby


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