November 20

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to you; my soul also which you have rescued. Psalm 71:23

Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves. Ephesians 5:19

As we look out in a dreary November day, we might not be feeling particularly joyful. Psalm 71 is apparently written by David in his “old age” as he feels his enemies might be threatening him. Part of the Psalm is a plea for help, then it turns to praise as David confidently anticipates the Lord’s help. He will praise God with his lips, his words, his songs and with the lyre.

In Ephesians, Paul admonishes his readers to avoid living unwisely and not to be foolish but wise. They are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not with the things of the world. Then they are to sing together, to praise God. They are to sing all types of songs among themselves, to sing and praise with their fellow believers. Verse 20 completes the sentence: “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.”

No matter how dreary our day is, or how anxious we are, we can keep joy in our hearts. It doesn’t matter how well we can carry a tune, or if we know all the words of the song. We can come together and sing praises and Thanksgiving to God.

We thank and praise you, O God, for the gift of speaking and singing your promises through psalms, hymns and songs. Help us join our voices with others in singing your praises.  Forgive us when we get bogged down with burdens and forget that your word is already placed in our hearts. Help us share the joy you give us. Amen

Chris Gabel