I’m kind of sore today. My back aches, my shoulder throbs and my head is banging a big bass drum.
Right at this moment, I don’t really feel like singing.
Sometimes, on Sunday morning when I walk into the church, I don’t feel like singing. Then the music starts, I fight to hold back and finally my voice leaves my mouth and suddenly singing makes me feel like singing.
That’s how singing is with me. Sometimes I feel like singing and other times singing makes me feel like singing. Sometimes, I feel like singing and I just can’t.
Right now, at this moment, I’m starting to feel a little bit like singing.
I cracked open Psalms a little bit ago.
Psalm 96:1 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
I don’t really have a new song today. But, I’m thinking of an old song that seems more new the longer I let my thoughts dwell upon its meaning.
Sometimes, that old song is made new when it strikes a chord with this moment, and it makes me feel like singing.
Right now, I feel like singing.
This walk with God often gets tough. It is dry and barren at times and it tests my faith. But when I look at where I am against the backdrop of where I have been, I begin to hear music that builds from a tiny note into a complex orchestration.
I can’t keep myself from singing.
I’ve lifted my voice in song just to make a nice noise fill the air, and the greatness of God has overwhelmed the music and my voice cracks as my hard heart melts beneath the realization of God’s mighty grace.
I love this kind of singing, where my skill and perfection is replaced by pure emotion sent crashing into my heart as I open myself to something greater than I am.
I guess my message today is to sing. Get someone to sing with you. Let the noise fly through the air like a flock of graceful birds ( and maybe a few clumsy birds). Let it cross the sky and reverberate into the farthest places. We never know where a song will end up. Let it rise above the clouds and drift into the ears of God, full of thankfulness, praise and adoration.
Sing. Drop all pretense, all self-consciousness, all pride and ego and sing. Sing from somewhere deeper with more meaning.
Rear back and let ‘er rip. Sing.