Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Ever since I was in grade school, I have been writing songs. Mostly spiritual songs. I love to put words to music in order to help me remember them. My favorite way to learn scripture is through music.
It’s impossible to be discontent when we are praising God. Praise warms our hearts and reminds us of the many blessings the Lord showers us with each and every day! It is such a privilege to be able to sing God’s word back to Him, while encouraging ourselves in the process. When our children were small, we listened to scripture songs to help them remember key passages. They have thanked me many times during high school Bible classes when they didn’t have to memorize long chapters because they already knew them. Scripture songs are truly a useful weapon against discouragement, temptation, and self pity. Some of my favorite memories are when our family would gather for worship in the morning and each choose a hymn to sing.
I am sure that God loves to hear us sing. I bet He pulls a chair up close, whenever His kids lift up their voices and instruments in praise to Him.
Georgia Cumberland Academy Church Prayer Coordinator, Calhoun, Georgia USA