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Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)
- TITLE: Sing Out Loud and Strong
By Donna Wolther
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I thought of all the times I have cleaned up spills on the carpet with that same intensity and how many weeds I have pulled in my flower beds over the years in the same manner. I start out with a “Grrr!’ and as the carpet comes clean or the bed is cleared, my frustration dissolves and is replaced with a peaceful satisfaction. Perhaps God gives us spills and weeds so that when we are in a “Grrr!” state of mind, we have to take time to clean the mess or rid the beds of the offenders. Then, while we are physically working with our hands, our minds are free to meditate and work out our mental frustration at the same time. He knows that afterwards, when we are tired, but the task is finished, we can look on it with approval and say “Phew!” with a sense of relief and pleasure equal to the frustration that made us grit our teeth when we began the act.
Paul instructed the Ephesians (Eph 5:19-20 NIV) to, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jesus sang a psalm with his disciples the night before he was crucified and the very next day, while hanging on the cross in agony he called out to God, just as David did in Psalm 22. “Why have you forsaken me? I am thirsty. It is finished.” I am sure he must have felt a great sense of relief and satisfaction when the terribly difficult task of cleansing all of mankind from our multitude of sins was completed.
Jesus figuratively sang a new song, as he fulfilled the prophecy and the law, in perfect harmony with David and all creation, and our Creator. I am reminded of the song in which so many popular artists came together to sing the lyrics ” I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” and I like to think that through our work as ‘Faithwriters,’ we are working together to help accomplish just that.
We know the truth; that there can be no perfect harmony on this earth without Jesus and the cross. And we know the lyrics, “Grrr! Oh! Phew!” Sing out loud and strong!
My personal prayer: ”Father, supply what is lacking in my faith and my writing so that I can write of your love in a way that makes others want to sing your praises too. In Jesus name, Amen.
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