Wednesday, April 7, 2010

WordFILLED Wednesday: Singing??

I enjoy singing. I have been blessed with a gift for singing and a love for music. God uses it over and over in my life...when things are wonderful or horrible...music speaks directly to my heart. If you've read much of my blogs you'll notice periods of music posts...and that's usually indicating a rough time...or when I can't share what's happening with the world wide web.

After our Easter Cantata Sunday...I heard many gracious compliments...and also something I'd heard before but never really focused on. I heard that "self depreciating pride" thing...you know, where people say they "can't carry a tune in a bucket" or "I don't really sing..." Lately, I've chosen to encourage people, "Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to him with psalms." Psalm 95:2 Cuz, it's not about us...it's all about HIM!!

Now, I'm not suggesting that everyone should be in the choir, per se. I'll be honest that I have a good ear and that things that are flat (or sharp) make my teeth hurt like I chomped on tin foil. However, I am encouraging an attitude of worship. It is true that it is, er...not some people's gift to sing solos, etc. etc. But...they still should make a joyful noise, right? Of course, every time I go down that path of thought...I think about one summer at BaYouCa...the Baptist youth camp I attended as a child and eventually worked at myself...

This particular summer, I was in my early teens...and tagging along with my family while my Dad taught CPR and First Aid to the Counselors. It was the first week of the Mentally Handicapped week...and a Down Syndrome man was swinging on the swings...as high as it would go...SINGING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS...hymns. I recognized the words...but not the tune! AMAZING GRACE....HOW SWEET THE SOUND...
THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME....
I ONCE WAS LOST...BUT NOW I'M FOUND...
WAS BLIND...BUT NOW I SEE!!!!


As only a teen could, I considered the performance annoying, loud...and horrible. *eye roll* OH, why wouldn't someone make him be quiet? My parents pointed out that it could definitely be considered that he was making a JOYFUL NOISE to the Lord...and that God was pleased.

So, all of that to say...I sure hope that you do SING praises to God...even if it's just quietly in your seat on Sunday...or loudly in your car when you're all alone. BUT do sing...sing praises to him with with a JOYFUL noise...and He will be pleased to hear from you!

Are you grateful for your SALVATION?? SING...SING....SING!!!

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13 comments:

ozjane said...

Lovely picture......and I align myself with what you say. I too have been blessed to be a singer and love nothing more than to share the words of a song with folk.
But we can all have a song in our hearts and the car is a great place when no one cares about the sound you make......except God who rejoices.

GlowinGirl said...

I too love to sing, but I don't go solo! ;) My sis has a beautiful voice, but mine is just for the choir. But it's a joyful time singing with others and harmonizing.

Love the sweet picture and perfect verse. Thanks for your thoughts on Sugar Tails!

Missie said...

lovely wfw!

Mary said...

Amen!! I love music and singing to my Father! Thanks for sharing today. Blessings.

e-Mom said...

Music is so powerful! I'm glad you enjoy your gift of song. I have the radio on all day long... it keeps me calm.

I think the most powerful singing of all is Scripture songs. So uplifting.

Happy WFW! :~D

Joyfull said...

Love the picture and the encouragement to be joyful in our hearts!

lori said...

Bobbi,

It always amazes me how many people will SING in the shower but clam up during worship...I sing, (albeit not well) because I really do feel it moving in me...

What wonderful insights today!

peace,
lori

One Heart said...

Music...where would we be without it? I am so thankful God created even for heaven.

Thanks for sharing.

Joan said...

I love to sing, but my voice is a joyful noise. :) However, I don't hesitate to sing praises to my Savior. It always helps that my husband is beside me and he is gifted with a good voice.

Love the picture and verse.

Blessings
Joan

Karen said...

Singing to my Rock....

Cathy said...

I love that. I need to work on singing more and writing more music.Blessings ~

Lois of HisFireKids.com said...

Singing is wonderful...fun and relaxing. I sing to ANYONE....under 5yo. That is it =)

Happy WFW

Mylene said...

I also love singing but unlike you, God didn't gave me a gift in singing nor in music. But I don't count it lost on my part because I know that He has a good reason why He didn't gave me good voice. But I sing, I sing praises to God because I believe that in heaven, singing is one of the few things that we will be doing as children of God :) And I practice it now while on earth ;)


Mine is here. Thanks!