Sunday Inspiration: Sing to the Lord!

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Sing to the Lord!

by Jim Hughes

Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name. His anger lasts for a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:4-5, NLT)

Do you have a song in your heart that you find hard to contain? As a pastor of over 40 years who has absolutely zero musical ability within me, I have found it difficult to be quiet when singing God's praises. I try to be sensitive to those around me, but it's hard. My wife, who has lots of music within her, has to now and then let me know when I get too loud. One of the great things I look forward to in heaven is that there it won't matter. There will be no restraints and I will be able to sing our Lord's praises to all of my heart's content.

Dear child of God, praise the holy name of Jesus. Praise Him for your salvation, for His faithfulness, goodness, kindness, love, grace, and mercy. Praise the Lord for your eternal life with Him. Praise Him for the fellowship of believers. Praise Him for His revelations to us through His Word and through His created world. Praise Him for we shall be with Him forever and ever. It will indeed be joy unspeakable and full of glory!

Sing to the Lord, dear friend, for His anger lasts only for a moment. Our God is a merciful and gracious loving Father. Yes, He can and does get angry when we sin, but His anger does not last when He sees the righteousness of Christ in us. Praise Him, for there is now no condemnation for us who are in Christ Jesus.

In this life we may go through seasons of weeping. It may seem like the days of weeping will never end, but end they will. No matter what your life may be like now, it shall pass and then comes the morning, our eternal day with the Lord, when there will be no weeping or sorrow. On that day there will be eternal joy and praise will be a continuous song ascending unto the throne of our God.

Rejoice in the Lord always and give Him thanks. When you do, your tears will melt away and joy will flood your soul. Fix your eyes upon Jesus and let Him lead you to the mountaintop of His grace. Feast on the riches of His love and grace all the days of your life and let Him carry you in His arms safely home.

Sing to the Lord all you who are godly! Praise His holy name!


About the Author

Jim Hughes at Mustard Seed Sentinel

I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.

I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.

Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook. You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.