Message From Matt – July 31

What kind of Song are you Singing? 
If you know me, you know that I am not a good singer, but that reality has never stopped me from singing!  I like to sing even though no one wants to hear me sing!  To be quite open about it, I like to torture the people that I love with my horrible singing just for the fun of it.  You might remember several times that I have mentioned how my kids normally put their fingers in their ears when I sing…it’s great fun for me but not for anyone around me!  
However, there is one person that loves to hear me sing and He is the same One that also loves to hear you sing; of course, it’s God!  
God loves it when His children sing to Him!  It doesn’t matter if you sing off key or sing like Dave Turner, He loves to hear you sing the song that’s on your heart, no matter what’s in your heart!  
With that in mind, this Sunday I am starting a new series on prayer by looking at the Book of Psalms!  A psalm, by definition, is a song or hymn that is sung to God as a means of worship and praise and a psalm is a good picture of what our prayers should look like…like a song!

  • When we are happy we should sing a song of our praises to Him in our prayers! 
  • When we are distressed we should sing songs that remind us of His ability to deliver us in our prayers!  
  • When we are in a “cave” of depression and defeat, we should sing songs to remind us of His eternal presence with us…like David did in Psalm 23 when he wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” 

David’s Psalm 23  was a song to remind himself of God’s presence and guidance!  It was written to remind himself that God is the Good Shepherd and that the Good Shepherd always does what’s best for the sheep!  I think  it’s a good song for us to sing to God too!  It reminds us that…

  1. The Shepherd will give you peace and safety –  “good direction leads to less distractions
  2. The Shepherd restores and mends the broken – “even in your pain God can work all things out for your good.” 
  3. The Shepherd is present in your darkest days –  “”Valleys are meant to be walked through, not camped out in.”
  4. The Shepherd’s rod and staff will comfort you – “God is a multi-directional leader.  He is in front of you, beside you, and encouraging you from behind!”
  5.  The Shepherd can give you peace in fearful situations – “Your days are numbered, God knows the time. It is not for you to think about all the “What if’s” of the future – just trust Him!”
  6. The Shepherd prepares a place for us – “This life is not all that we have to look forward to”

What kind of song are you singing today?  Are you singing to God to thank Him or singing a song to complain about Him?  If you’re complaining, maybe you need to be reminded about all the good things that God has done for you!