“Sing praises to the LORD, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:4-5
The consistent command throughout Scripture to praise the Lord and to bless His name doesn’t always compel me to do it. There are times in life when praise is simply not on my lips, but rather pain is all that fills my heart. And in those moments, I need to know that I have a reason to sing. I need to be reminded of the promises that God has spoken over me in His Word. You too?
What do you do when you know what the right response is, but you just don’t feel like doing it? When you know you shouldn’t worry and be anxious but rather pray in all circumstances and trust in the Lord, but you don’t feel like it? When your heart hurts and pain has blinded your eyes, and when you need a reason to sing…what do you do in that moment? When your weeping seems to tarry far longer than a night and you don’t awake with joy in the morning…what do you do then?
Call to mind His faithfulness. Rehearse all that He HAS done, and believe that He is able to do more in your present and in your future. It’s when we fail to do the above and instead choose to rehearse our circumstance that God begins to seem more and more distant and smaller than our problem. The extent to which we focus on something determines its size in our minds. How much do you focus on God? I mean, really fix your gaze on Him, narrow your focus so that everything else around blurs in comparison. The longer we fix our gaze in Jesus and who He says He is in His Word, the more familiar with Him we become. The more familiar with Him and His ways that we become, the more reasons we have to sing.
Take a few minutes to listen to this song “A Reason To Sing” by All Sons & Daughters. At one time or another, we’ve all been there. We’ve all struggled to know that God was there in the middle of our pain. We’ve all needed the reminders that we, in fact, do have a reason to sing.