Today’s Reading – Psalms 96 – 102 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Matthew 9 – 10; Psalms 21 – 25; Proverbs 5)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 19

Read the “0705 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Read previous posts from this passage – “Enduring to All Generations“, and “Before His Presence

“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.” (Psalm 96:1-2)

“O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. … Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.” (Psalm 98:1, 4-5)

“Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2)

“I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.” (Psalm 101:1)

You couldn’t help but notice all of the references to singing in today’s reading in the Psalms. singing is a beautiful expression of the joy that is in our hearts because of all of the blessings that the Lord has given us as His children. Reflecting on the goodness of God should be enough to put anyone in a singing mood. Notice in Psalm 96:2 (above) that a singing Christian shows his salvation to the world around him. People can know we are christians by our words, action, and love; but here we see they can hear our salvation through our joyful spirit expressed in our singing. Why is it then that so many church services are dead when it comes to the congregational singing?

It is a shame that many congregations today are limiting the amount of congregational singing in their worship services. Some churches are replacing the singing from the people in the pews with professional performances from the platform. What a shame. While I thoroughly enjoy hearing Holy Spirit-filled and gifted musicians and singers perform, there is still nothing like an uninhibited congregation singing their hearts out in worship to the Lord.

One more thought regarding singing. Sometimes we don’t feel like singing, perhaps due to negative or painful circumstances going on in and around our lives. We should sing anyway because singing has a way of cheering us up and reminding us that we serve an awesome God. Christian, God wants to hear you sing, and so do I. It matters not if you can hold a note. All you have to do is make that joyful noise, and the Spirit of God will do the rest.

“Every good gift that we have had from the cradle up has come from God. If a man just stops to think what he has to praise God for, he will find there is enough to keep him singing praises for a week.” D. L. Moody

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Desiree Ann Jones
Desiree Ann Jones
1 year ago

amen pastor phil sing and rejoice in the lore our god. we need to sing at church because god takes care of our voices. sing unto the highest in the heavens. as angels.

Cindy Erickson
Cindy Erickson
1 year ago

That was a good comment Desiree. God loves to hear us sing.

Bob fenton
Bob fenton
1 year ago

Amen Pastor. We have to remember it’s not what comes out of our mouth when we sing our praises to the Lord or the beat or rhythm it’s what’s in our hearts that the Lord listens to. Like the post.

Deb L
Deb L
1 year ago

Good message. I love to see the congregation from up in the choir & watch those that are lifting their voices up in song. I am especially lifted up to sing & praise louder myself when I see others smiling & singing their hearts out to the Lord. How could we not praise Him when you read the words in the old gospel Hymns? They are sermons in themselves. Blessings abound!

Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
10 days ago

Amen Pastor. Why is it when we are in church, we sing our hearts out to the Lord, but once we get out of church, we shackle our lips with silence, not raising our voices to the Lord, and praising Him for all the wonderful things he has done in our life and all the wonderful things he is about to do. During the course of our day, let us have a small tune of praises and thankfulness to the Lord. Like the post.

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