Praise as Communication – Focus Scripture: Psalm 96:3-12
As I was standing in my kitchen listening to the news on the radio, I heard a variety of grim reports. All depressing. All sad. My only thought was “Have mercy, God.”
When the news was over, a song began to play. The lyrics went something like this: “There’s a day we all face that depletes our strength, and our hearts can hold no more weight. When the source of our faith is not sure anymore, nothing left to do or to say . . . Have no fear. God’s in control. God has the last say so!”
I broke out in a smile, and my spirit soared. God, indeed, has the last say. I received that encouragement from music. I believe we should praise God through our grief, praise God through our gladness, and praise God through our gratitude.
Horatio Spafford (1828–1888) understood this when he wrote “It Is Well with My Soul,” a song that grew out of his reaction to a personal tragedy. His four daughters were killed in a collision with another ship at sea. Spafford’s wife, alone, survived. Deeply touched by God’s mercy, Spafford was able to say, “It is well with my soul.”
Today’s scripture says: “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord.”
In so many ways, God helps us realize “It is well with my soul.”
Thank you, God, for your mercy and for surrounding us with love. Grant us your peace as we wait for a word from you. Amen.