Devotion from Pastor Shane

Sing To the Lord
Ps 96:1-3
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Do you know one of the things I miss most about not having in person worship? You probably said: “You, the people.” and you are correct. However, one of the other things I miss is all of us gathered together in the room lifting our voices to God. It is when we all gather and sing in one accord, joy fills my soul. I often ponder on how God must smile when we, God’s people, sing to Him.
When my children were younger they would come home at times and want to share a song they learned at school, and they would sing with all they had – on and off key, but it delighted my heart. My youngest
daughter has always loved singing and her mother and I will be sitting in the living area, or our bedroom,
where we get our own personal concert as my daughter sings in her bedroom or shower. Every time I hear my daughter sing, my heart is filled with joy, not because she hits every note flawlessly, but because I know she is singing from a happy place. We also sing going down the road together and most of the time I don’t know the lyrics to a song, so I will make up my own, which creates a lot of laughter; bring us joy. Music seems to bring happiness.
I know that we are all weary of the reports of Covid-19 and we don’t want to talk or hear about it anymore. If you are like me, this is almost depressing and I struggle finding joy in the midst of it all. However, in my life, every time I have struggled; I have found one thing that lifts my soul. I sing to the Lord a new song. I sing out to God my angst and my hope, and, before I know it, there is joy that floods my soul. Charles Gabriel wrote a song titled: “His Eyes Are on the Sparrow” and the chorus is “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free; For His eye is on the sparrow, And I know He watches me.” On those days I get discouraged and homesick to be with you during this social distancing, I remember that God is watching over us all. I remember God is still worthy of ALL our praise. So, I invite you to sing praises to God today, and just see if your soul isn’t lifted up. Oh, sing to the Lord a new song.
Know you remain in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you bunches and can’t wait until we are together again singing praises to God.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Shane