Sing A New Song

Today is Monday, May 7, 2018. Day 21,970.

Six days until Mother’s Day!

It’s the birthday of Robert Browning (1812-1889), who said, “Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.” BrainyQuote
Perhaps, then, I am very old, because I believe I have reached that point.

The word for today is ocellated, an adjective which means, “having eyelike spots or markings.”

We didn’t do a lot, yesterday afternoon. We didn’t even cook our steaks for lunch/dinner. We were both so tired that we decided to freeze them and have them next weekend. I’ll cook them for Mother’s Day.

I got to watch the Red Sox/Rangers game on TV, since the Rangers are our local team. For me, it was a great game. Not so much for the Rangers fans, as their lone run was scored on an unusual Ryan Rua home run, late in the game. The Sox pretty much dominated the game and won 6-1 behind a strong outing by Chris Sale. The puts the Red Sox record at 25-9, being the only team left in MLB that has not lost ten games, yet. The Yankees, however, continue to roll, and remain one game behind the Sox, both in the AL East, and MLB, overall.

The Sox are off tonight, and begin a series in New York tomorrow night. I hope I have some Tums. The Rangers host the Detroit Tigers, beginning tonight.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! 
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, 
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? 
O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? 
You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. 
You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. 
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. 
The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. 
You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand. 
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. 
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face, 
who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. 
For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted. 
For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 89:5-18

I’ve always wondered who “the council of the holy ones” is. There are other references in the Psalms to “gods,” as well, that make me scratch my head and wonder. What I love, though, in this Psalm, are the references to God in nature, the “raging of the sea,” along with references to God’s “might arm” and “strong hand.” I love the Psalms that poetically describe the Lord in such majestic terms.

(From The Finishing Touch, Charles Swindoll)
Making Melody

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:18-21

Ephesians 5:18, says Chuck Swindoll, is one of those verses that doesn’t get noticed a lot. Like, for instance, John 3:17. Or 1 John 1:10. Can anyone quote either one of those? I doubt it. (“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17) (“If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:10)

Ephesians 5:18 tells us to sing! We are to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,” which pretty much covers all the possible genres of “Christian” music. Furthermore, as our pastor pointed out a few weeks ago, we are to sing to one another! I confess that I had not noticed that before he pointed it out to us. When we sing together, we not only sing to the Lord, but we sing to one another, “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.”

Why would we sing to one another? Because we all need to be reminded. We all need to be encouraged. Which is why we need to be together, in the first place.

I’m an introvert. I don’t particularly like to be “together.” But it’s necessary. And I’m finding it easier to bear, as the Lord brings me along.

But that’s not the point today. The point is singing. You notice that this verse doesn’t really make any reference to “church” or anything like it. It just says that we are to sing and make melody. When’s the last time you sang? “The Spirit-filled saint is a song-filled saint,” says Swindoll, as he reminds us that animals, pews, and pulpits can’t sing. Bibles and buildings can’t sing. Only we can sing. Some of you may not be able to carry a tune in a proverbial bucket. But you can still sing to God. God is not tone-deaf, but, somehow, by the time our feeble attempts at melody reach his ears, they have been filtered through some kind of heavenly “autotune.” God loves to hear us sing, I promise you, because he, himself, is a singing God! See Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

I’m short on time, or I could write more on this. But spend some time today, I encourage you, singing! Try to remember the songs from church yesterday, or pick one that you are greatly fond of. Then find a place and time, where you can joyfully sing it to God. He will love to hear you sing.

Father, let me sing today. Teach me to sing more and more. I confess that I have not been singing enough in recent years. I used to sing all the time. Restore me, Lord, to the joyful singing that I once knew. Fill my lungs with your air, and open my lips that I might praise your name in joyful song!
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

A Psalm.
Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 
The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 
With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD! 
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 
before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 98

Grace and peace, friends.