Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
If you have followed Meditations of My Heart for any length of time, most likely you know that my husband, Danny, and I help lead contemporary worship at our church every Sunday. He and I both love to sing, and we are blessed with voices (his, tenor, mine alto) which blend and harmonize in tandem. Praising the Lord in song is, hands down, our favorite way to worship.
When my granddaughter, Virginia Rose, visits me last week, we engage in many activities together, her favorite, as I've mentioned before, being Crazy Sand.
But, this day, Virginia spies her wooden blocks in the play closet and asks me to retrieve them for her. It's been ages since she's asked for these, and I am happy they are finally getting some use.
I dump them on the floor for her, eagerly anticipating what she will create. Virginia asks me to help, but I tell her I want to see what she can first do on her own. And, wow! Am I amazed by her skills!
"I did it, Gammie!" Virginia proudly proclaims.
"Yes, honey, you did," I assure her. "I'm impressed!"
Her joy overflowing, Virginia, to my surprise and delight, breaks into a spontaneous song she makes up as she goes along, all about how much she loves her cat, Henry, and her puppy, Spring.
And, as I witness her reveling and rejoicing with each note she sings, I think: This is what it means to sing to the Lord a new song, to praise His name and proclaim His salvation. To sing from the heart, not just the mind, with gratefulness, spontaneity, passion, and unbridled joy!
When the next Sunday rolls around, I envision the image of the celebrating Virginia before I open my mouth to sing the first note. I place myself in her shoes, a child rejoicing in the presence of her Father, and sing to Him a new song, one which swells from my heart and mind, soul and strength.
Engaged. Inspired. Present. Infused with the Holy Spirit.
What is your favorite way to worship the Lord?
Prayer: Father, we thank You for all the ways You give us to worship You. Whether we feel closest to you when we read and meditate on Your Word, go to you in prayer, or offer songs of praise and thanksgiving, may we do so with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray, amen.
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