Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Thanksliving Day 16
Music has always been a part of my worship experience. I am not a gifted singer or musician by any stretch of the imagination but that does not stop me from praising my Lord in song. Growing up in the Lutheran church, Sunday services were filled with the traditional hymns of the Reformation. My mother sang in the choir and we were planning her memorial service, we spent time leafing through her old hymnal to find just the right songs to be included. In the fall of 2017, I attended a Reformation Hymn Festival in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It included a mass choir of over 100 members and there were approximately 700 people in the audience. What a joy it was to join in with all those voices in praise of our Lord. I get chills just remembering the experience.
The word “sing” occurs over 100 times in the Bible and more than 60 of those occurrences are found in the Psalms, which is called the “hymn book of ancient Israel.” Look at verses 4 and 12 of the reading above… the Psalmist encourages singing and praise as a way of giving thanks.
One of my favorite hymns is “Now Thank We all our God” and the first verse reminds us that praising God is a “whole body experience.” We need to use our HEARTS, our HANDS and our VOICES to praise Him.
“Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices
Who wondrous things has done in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our Mother’s arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love and still is ours today.”
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I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,and give thanks to his holy name
For his anger is but for a moment,and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
To you, O Lord, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! – Psalm 30 English Standard Version (ESV)
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.