January 17, 2022

Church and Song

Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

Psalm 147:1
Apparently I'm more than a little bit OCD. One of the principle way this manifests itself is through earworms. I almost always have them, and more often than not, I sing them... at least that's what I do when I'm alone. It's not unusual for one of these songs to be a hymn or a psalm. And singing God's glory is never a bad thing.

How much better, though, to sing hymns with others in worship. Singing alone is nice. Singing with others—especially singing God's praise with others—is transformative. How marvelous, then, that God's twofold gift of music and community changes believers' lives for the better!
Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.
 Ephesians 5:19
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you, Lord, for your gifts of church and song. May I find a home in both as I follow the path to you.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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