She sat on my knees as my fingers moved over the piano keys. Her little hands joining mine making more of a racket than any chord progression. But it was music. It thrilled both our hearts. When we started in on a song she knew, the littlest one threw back her head and sang with gusto – some parts louder and more emphatic than others. I was blessed! What fun to make music together.
Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Psalm 81:1 (NIV)
A song to our strong God! A shout to the God of Jacob! Psalm 81:1 (MSG)
I don’t always sing like the littlest one. Some days, it feels hard to sing. Joy seems to have walked out and left the door ajar. On those days, when I need to sing the most, it’s hard to feel as if the words I’m singing are the sincere reflections of my heart. I was listening to a recording of a song and the singer commented that sometimes we need to sing the song until we believe that the words are true. That’s me. I need to sing the song over and over until I am certain the words are true!
There are other times when it’s easy to sing. The words flow. The heart responds. The hands are raised high. I engage. I love those moments. My heart connected with heaven, those are moments of the most wonderful. There’s a piece of heaven revealed. I want those moments to happen more!
Father, You know my heart. You know those moments when joy overflows. Simultaneously, You know when sometimes the words barely get out. Thank you for walking with me in all of those times. I cannot live a single part of life without You walking before me. Thank you for singing over me and giving me songs that lift my heart to Yours. You are good! Amen.
Here’s some of the songs rattling around in my head these days.