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Hope Returns

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

Want to be close to God? Sing to Him!
"He has put a new song in my mouth-
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the LORD."
(Psalm 40:3)

Do you feel Spiritually dry? Focus your thoughts on the Lord and all He has done, be thankful, sing words of thanksgiving. Fill your mouth with songs of deliverance out loud!
"I will sing a new song to You, O God;
On a harp of ten strings I will
Sing praises to You..."
(Psalm 144:9)

On and on, in the Book of Psalms, the psalmists, in singing to the Lord, speak also to us. Mostly written by David, others with less familiar names, musicians also have sung and played the music of heavenly praise: Moses; Asaph, the Seerer; Heman; sons of Korah; Solomon; Ethan; and Jeduthun. No matter their names, our hearts also are drawn in song to the Lord of our salvation, the One who saves, delivers and makes whole.
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful."
(Psalm 147:1)

K. R. "Dick" Iverson, D.Th. Senior Pastor, Bible Temple, Portland, Oregon has this to say in his introduction to the book of Psalms, "By Song and Spirit they (the Psalms) comfort the lonely, strengthen the weary, bind the brokenhearted, and turn the eyes of the downcast up toward their Creator. Hope returns, faith is renewed, and life again becomes bearable."
"Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!"
(Psalm 98:1, 4-6)

In short, if we are unable to express our emotional pain and mental anguish on our own, we'll find in the singing of psalms the blessed release we need.

© Constance Vanides

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