Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
Eph 5:19-21 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
How many times has this happened to you? You look up in your rear view mirror or over in the car next to you and someone is “rocking out” to some song. At first you’re not positive until you see that no one else is in the care with them and they are just singing away. It always puts a smile on my face. I love when someone is uninhibited about something that is good! Especially when it comes to the Lord!
People talk to themselves all the time. We talk to ourselves. We sing to ourselves. We argue or get mad at ourselves. Instead of just talking to myself, I’d rather talk, pray and sing to the Lord – especially in the car. My alone time in the car is a great place of solitude. Only the Lord appreciate my singing and He gets an earful when we have alone time in my car! (It even seems to lessen the pain inherit in traffic!)
A few years ago I was leading our Men’s Advance the weekend before Thanksgiving. I had all the men take on a spiritual task that I was sure would make them uncomfortable. At the same time, I was confident it would bless them when all was said and done. I asked them to sit down and write a thank you letter to the Lord. I asked them to write a beautiful letter from their heart really letting the Lord know how thankful they were for the many things He had done for them. We were away up at a camp by a lake and surrounded by a forest. The men all took their tablets, went off by themselves, and began to write. Before they left, I told them there was one other thing they had to do upon completing the letter to the Lord. They had to create a melody and sing it to the Lord.
I was helping them to see that when we read through the Psalms, this is the experience we are reading. David would sing his heart or love letters to the Lord. The men actually kept a good attitude and went for it. They were surprised that they had a new, deep, and in most cases quite emotional encounter with God. When the weekend was over, most had shared that it was one of the most powerful and intimate experiences they had ever had with the Lord.
Today’s Fresh Manna verse says “speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Learning to sing your words of thanksgiving to God from your heart can be a continuing and awesome way to share your thanks to the Lord. He is truly worthy of this sacrifice of praise! And, don’t forget this Biblical truth – Praise quiets your mind and emotions, it helps you detach from the cares of this world, and stills the voice of the enemy!
I started to make up and sing songs of thanks to the Lord from my heart years ago. Now I sing to the Lord from my heart almost daily. (I’m a closet singer and songwriter. No real talent – just love to do it!) The ways in which it draws you close to the Lord and transforms your heart is beyond words! Besides, it’s our future destiny anyway – Rev 5:9 “And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
Pastor Tim Burt
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