Give me a word, Lord: MY HEART SINGS

Zephaniah 3:17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.

What makes your heart sing? Many days we wake up without a song in our hearts, and we don’t feel much like singing, but there is always something to be thankful for, and there is always something to sing about. With the thanks in our hearts, we can sing songs of praise and rejoice in the goodness of our Lord and Savior. I’ve been told by my family that I can’t sing, but that doesn’t stop me from singing. I have an awful singing voice, and though I know that I don’t make a joyful noise, I know that my Savior is still glad to hear my happy racket, and I make that happy racket just as often as I can.

I love to sit outside to do my morning devotionals. Our farm is one of the most joyful places I know. This time of year, the songs of the morning are nothing short of pure delight. Hummingbirds take turns buzzing up to our feeders. The birds are joyfully chirping away singing praises to the new day. The sheep are baaing. The emus are whistling quietly. Occasionally the turkey will let out a gobble. She doesn’t know that she is a hen, and she likes to gobble and strut like a dude. The coatimundis are chirping and the raccoons are chattering away. In the distance, an occasional lowing of the cattle can be heard. Wow! All I have to do is walk out of the door of my home to hear God’s creatures singing praises to Him. If all of these creatures who don’t even have a soul realize the need to sing praises, shouldn’t we mortals who have a soul find reason to sing?

Oh, but you may say, what is there to sing about? We have an election coming up next month that has everyone fired up and split in two polar directions. Our president and first lady have contracted COVID 19. The economy isn’t looking so hot right now. And don’t forget, there is another storm that once again appears to be headed our way making landfall this Friday night. Not much to sing about there, huh? Maybe not, but still we have so many reasons to sing this morning. Do you want to know what makes my heart sing? My critters, my farm, my family, my friends, my career, good music, serving others, living life, and loving Jesus, and oh so much more. Y’all, God did not create a bunch of humdrum robots. He created each of us uniquely with our own set of talents and skills to serve Him and to serve others, and He gave each of us a spirit of joy, love, hope, and faith!

We can sing for freedom. Even though politics seem to be really messy right now, we can still rejoice and sing for our freedom. We can sing for gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for. We can sing for joy. Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper to find the joy, but I promise if Jesus is in your heart, joy is residing there also. We can sing of the love of God. Oh my, that’s a good reason to sing. When I think of how awesome and magnificent the love of God is, I can’t help but sing praises to Him. We can even sing in times of trouble or sadness. God wants to hear from us at all times…not just during the good times.

Are you singing this morning? If not, take a few moments to reflect and ask yourself, “what makes my heart sing?” If you don’t know, if your heart isn’t singing, you may be missing the song of the One who can give you everlasting joy! Ask Jesus into your heart, and I can guarantee you that there will always be a song in your heart! “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17) Let your heart sing!

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