2006-01-18 / Faith

Singing day-by-day

By Pastor Ken Smith

Psalm 96: 1&2 tells us to “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.” Are you thankful that some days finally come to an end? Those days that nothing seems to go right and we wonder if the day will ever be over. We all have them from time to time but hopefully not too often. The good news of nature is that the day will finally end, the sun will go down and in a few hours the sun will come up and give us a brand new day; a fresh start. We can put yesterday behind us and move on. The trick is to look forward and not dwell on the past.

The good news of the gospel is that we can do the same spiritually with the “Son” as we do in nature with the “Sun”. God has promised us that in Jesus Christ we are renewed daily in the Spirit. As far as the East is from the West; so far has He removed our transgressions (sins) from us. Aren’t you thankful that you can start each day new. It doesn’t happen automatically. It happens when we change our hearts and attitudes and begin to “sing” a new song. If we’re not careful we can get caught in a rut and lose our joy. Then the song that we sing is not helpful to ourselves or to others.

As Christians we have to exercise that instruction God has given us. It starts by saying something like “Hallelujah! The past is past. I don’t have to be weary, I can be full of joy because today I am starting fresh in Jesus, a new day.” The rest of that scripture is part of the key. When we begin to vocally praise His name and proclaim His salvation, He refreshes us. It goes like this: “Praise God that He loves me. Praise God that He has saved me.” Go ahead, try it, say it softly at first, then shout it, then shout it louder so that someone else can hear you. Do you feel better yet? Do it again and again. Once you are lifted up, share with someone else how the love of Jesus has lifted you.

Ken Smith is pastor at Hickory Grove Church.

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