Thursday, October 1
Sing It Out!
Nehemiah 12:27-47 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres...
think about it.
What roles did the Levites have in dedicating the wall (12:27-30)? What did Nehemiah and the people do to celebrate this occasion (12:31-43)? How does this account influence your approach to worship? To those who serve in your church?
Today's reading, Nehemiah 12:27-47, really charged me up. You see I'm a music lover to the core. I enjoy listening to music, I sing, play the piano and I lead worship at my church (Plus, I love a good celebration). So I found this passage particularly encouraging because it shows that God is music lover too and that He enjoys hearing our voices raised up in song to Him.
So all this singing and celebration got me thinking about how we could use singing a little differently to praise and celebrate the Lord. Here's my proposal. Let's sing what's on our heart to the Lord today.Start by writing down a thought or phrase like "I love you Lord. I want to serve You today." Then, simply sing those words out loud to Him in any style, tune or manner that you like. And don't worry if you not a great singer or even consider yourself a singer at all. It's not about that. It's about making a special effort to praise and celebrate the Lord today. Now this idea of singing my heart to the Lord came to me on a plane as I was traveling this week for work and I actually tried it on the plane (I sang very softly). Guess what? I loved it! So give it try and then tell us about your praise experience. Was it helpful, fun, weird? Would you do it again? Tami W.
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