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Topic: Singing (10/31/05)
TITLE: Bursting Into Song
By Carol Adams
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Music permeates history. It is a vital part of our lives no matter what the occasion. It touches every age and is universal to all cultures. Singing can be done with words or it can begin in the heart. We can audibly sing or we can hum within the heart and mind. We are touched by varieties of music and instruments. No matter what genre we sing can touch us to the innermost of our being. It moves us to express our devotion, love, desire, and hope in celebrating that emotion.
God put within us a “sound” for music. Whether it is man, beast, bird, insects, trees, rocks and rills, music surrounds us. Each sings in their descriptive way.
There are some little creatures that live in my basement. They were somewhat hated for the defining song they sang. All through the night and into early morn their incessant band played on. They were very discreet in hiding behind appliances and furniture, in corners and under rugs. One would have to listen closely to find them, and be very quiet because the slightest vibration would stop the band from playing. They sang to their Creator in a very unique way. Their instruments were their tiny little legs rubbing together singing jubilee.
Paul and David were great vocalists. Paul, during one of his times of imprisonment, was praying and singing songs. He had an audience that witnessed his deep trust and faith in God. Would I be singing in jail?
David in the Psalms speaks often of his low times, but almost always at the end of each Psalm, there is joy, trust and confidence in the Lord to which David exclaims, “I will sing.” David knew the value of music and how it soothed the soul. He was often called in to minister through music to Saul. He witnessed the soothing power of music as it quieted Saul. Prisoners are set free through singing, though imprisoned in the heart.
In some of my darkest times, God would remind me of His love and grace by putting a song in my heart. It bathed and refreshed my soul and body. I was able to briefly put aside my pain and be infused with song. “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations”[Psalm 89:1 NIV]. Music, singing, songs, and instruments create hope where there seems to be none.
Singing in the rain, singing in desperate times, singing for the joy of it, and singing anytime should be our attitude and our lifestyle. We need to remember His words hard as they may be, “giving thanks always for ALL things” [Ephesians 5:19-20].
S=song of salvation; I=instruments; N=notes making melody; G=gladness; I=ignites; N=nourishes and nurtures; G=gaiety in the Lord.
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