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A Song in the Heart!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Psalm 28:6-8

"Blessed be the LORD, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed."

The cry of God's people for His mercy is to be done so with praise. It is not the cry of a spoiled child, but the victorious cry of total dependency upon His unlimited grace and love. It is from the heart, and with a melodious harmony of rejoicing. It starts with, "Jesus Loves Me This I Know," and ends with the "Hallelujah Chorus!"

God delights in the praises of His people, and I think that this is especially true when we are so filled with praise, that we break out into joyful singing. I love the sentence in today's Scripture which reads, "My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song."

I think that we need to have more of those times when our hearts leap for joy. Perhaps the opposite of our hearts leaping for joy is having lead in our spirit. We either break forth in songs of adoration, or we clunk along the dusty road of dismay.

I want to share with you the words of a hymn that expresses our praise to God. It is, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name". As you read the words, allow your own heart to lift in song to Him.

"All hail the power of Jesus' name! Let Angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him, Lord of all!

Ye chosen seed of Israel's race, Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace, And crown Him Lord of all;
Hail Him who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all!

Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all!

O that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all;
We'll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all!"

In the midst of this world and all of its troubles, testing and strife, God gives us His song. It is a song that allows us to overcome. Even when unexpected situations arise, we can have a song in our heart. I remember driving along and listening to a depressing song. One of the lines in the song goes something like this: "There's music all around, but there's no song in my heart." How sad. Even if we cannot carry a tune, we need to have a song in the heart!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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