Have you ever felt so “down in the dumps” that you did not feel like singing? That is exactly the time when you ought to sing. Have you ever felt that God had forgotten you and that you had no hope? That is a great time for a song to cross your mind and lips. In Psalm 137, the psalmist writes of a time like that and asked this question: “How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange land” (Psalm 137:4)? The writer was obviously discouraged and thought it was a bad time for a song, but the reality is that we ought to always have a song on our hearts that we can lift to God.
Do you remember two men in the early church that had been thrown into a jail in Philippi? At midnight they were singing and praising God. Paul and Silas had learned the value of a song while in tough times. Later that night, God not only opened the gates to the prison, but also to the heart of that Philippian jailor! What a great God! A God that is worthy of our praise all the time, not only in the good times.
If we are not careful, we each can focus on the bad things that are happening around us, or to us, and we can totally miss the good things our God has done and is doing. Take a moment today to sing a little for your God. He is absolutely worthy of our praise, and there are many things I am sure you can be thankful for today. A friend of mine is battling cancer as I write this. I constantly hear her say how thankful she is for all the blessings she has. There is only one way she can make this statement … God is still God! When we focus our attention on our problems, and ourselves we miss the opportunity to have a godly song in our heart.
I realize today that as you read this, you may be facing some very difficult times just ahead of you. I want to encourage you to look to your Heavenly Father and break out in a song of praise today. All around the world today we are seeing people that are in despair; thinking there is no hope. If we believers stop praise God in the challenging times, how will they ever know of the hope we have in our relationship with God? We must sing! It is not an option! Be encouraged today to “pick up your harp” (those Israelites in bondage had hung their on the tree limbs) and play a song to your wonderful God today! He is worthy of the praise, and it will lift your spirit as well when you praise Him. There is a world without hope that needs to hear your song of hope today. If you are having trouble coming up with a song, read your Bible … it’s full of them!
“When you don’t know what else to do … try singing.” – Numbers 21:17