Shout To The Lord

Sing to Yahweh a new song! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth. Sing to Yahweh! Bless his name! Proclaim his salvation from day to day! Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For Yahweh is great, and greatly to be praised! He is to be feared above all gods. Psalms 96:1-4 WEB.

I was so nervous when I took the microphone that evening. At our church, the lead singers in our praise and worship team failed to show up once again. The band members who did chose me to lead the praise that day. I didn't want to. So I got somewhere quiet, prayed, and I heard the Lord tell me this very clearly. It put me in tears, and it changed how I look at singing praise songs from that day forth. He told me this:

"If one of your children came to you with tears in their eyes and told you how much they loved you. If they thanked you for all that you have done for them. Would you care what their voice sounded like while they were doing it?"

I said, "No."

Then He said, "Neither do I care what you sound like. It's why you do it."

I went back on stage that afternoon and sang to Him, and I've never stopped. I learned to play the keyboard much the same way because the piano player wouldn't show up. Today, I use all those skills at Refreshing Hope. So step through the doors the Lord opens for you, and don't let fear hold you back from trying.

David was a praiser, and He wrote most of the psalms in our bible. He loved God, and God loved him. Singing praise songs to God is a big part of our worship. Even Jesus and the disciples sang hymns together (Mark 14:26).

The Lord doesn't care what you sound like while doing it. So shake off the fear of man, lift up your voice, sing praises to Him, and you will see great rewards in your life. Chains will be broken, and depression will flee. It is not how you do it, but why. There is something about parents that love to see their children sing, and our Heavenly Father is no different. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You today and ask that You set me free from the fear of man. Let Your praise rise up inside of me and bubble over. I praise Your wonderful name, and I am so thankful to know You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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