19th April 2017

Be Still and Know - 'I Will Offer Sacrifices With Shouts Of Joy'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

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"At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music."

 

Psalm 27:6 NLT

 

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As a child I had a wonderful treble voice, I sang solos at school concerts. But as I went through puberty and my voice broke, there seemed so many more important things in life to pursue. I never grew into my adult singing voice, and I still find myself looking for it in every worship setting I enter.

 

Yet, I have pursued a road of discovery in seeking God’s presence. For  years I followed a morning rhythm consisting of psalms and readings. Rather than engage silently within my headspace I began to speak out the words. By breaking silence I concentrated more on what I was doing. Who is not easily distracted with a mind of jumbled thoughts as we quietly seek to pray? Soon not only was I speaking but also chanting the psalms, much as I had experienced the monks doing so in the morning office during my retreats.

 

No special music, just finding a tonal range that suited me and off I went, the words of the psalms almost guiding me into a chant that rose and fell with a lovely symmetry. I discovered I was living inside the words of the psalms like never before. Sometimes I stopped mid-psalm as something resonated with the guttural chant itself. My mind was captivated and I meditated on the words or associated thought they’d given birth to. This was so much more exciting and enriching than my years of dutiful ‘quiet times’. Now I was in the very texture of the texts, many familiar as words yet not as adventures of the imagination.

 

So now I stood before a lighted candle, chanted God’s songs, felt the resonance of my own voice in the core of my being, and knew that I was face-to-face with God in worship.

 

 

 

 

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QUESTION

 

Are you willing to explore singing God’s songs aloud?

 

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Heavenly Father, let the song of my heart to you burst forth in joy.

 

 

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