O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
I am one of those people who will spontaneously burst forth into song at seemingly random times. But really, those times are not so random. I was raised in a family that had musical responses suited for all sorts of occasions and occurrences. My mother had a special song she sang to me every time I cried or was upset. We had another song for lamenting about cold weather. There were yet other songs for getting ready to leave the house or to complete some task. Some musical retorts were inspired by songs from movies or radio but all of them were incorporated to be almost automatic.
Once I gave my life to Christ and began reading the Bible I discovered that God’s people had an entire book of far superior musical responses, the book of Psalms. There is something in there for every occasion. The Psalms let me know that I am not alone in facing a variety of circumstances and that God will see me through all of them. Have you incorporated any of them as a way to automatically turn to God? Try singing, “O God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee.” Psalm 63:1.
Karen D. Lifshay
Hermiston Church Chorister, Oregon USA