Psalm Singing

Sing aloud to God our strength;
Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.

Psalm 81:1

Sing aloud to God our strength. We might not be able to sing aloud or play an instrument early in the morning, but we can still make melody in our hearts to the LORD (Ephesians 5:19).

Sing a psalm. Psalm singing, praising the the LORD, is a wonderful way to divert thoughts that cause us to worry back to our great God. There are different hymnals and songs out there to choose from. Here is an example of singing the Old 100, and here is a videoclip of a modern version of Psalm 23 by Stuart Townend:

Sing and make melody in your heart to the LORD!

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Serve the LORD!

“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!
And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Joshua 24:14-15

While reading Joshua 24 this morning these words jumped right off the page. They are highlighted in my Bible, and part of them are engraved on the back of my old iPod. Joshua 24:14-15 were also one of the first verses we, as a former homeschool family, memorized years ago. They serve as a reminder of the importance to put God first.

The choice is ours to serve the LORD — whether we are free or pressured into lockdown, whether we work outside our homes or are stay-at-home moms. “But I didn’t ask for this,” you might say. Paul knew that persecution would come his way as a cost of following Jesus, but I’m sure he didn’t beg for it.

Yes, it is hard to keep social distance from others. Of course, we don’t take the fact lightly that we are in lockdown! We cannot, however, be moping around the house all day. It’s time to take matters into our hands and serve the LORD. How? That’s going to be the topic of my blog posts in the coming days.

Let’s commit ourselves to fear the LORD,
to serve Him in sincerity and in truth,
and to put away the false gods that hinder us to love Him completely.

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Do Not Lose Heart

Give us day by day our daily bread.

Luke 11:3

Whether it be cleaning the whole house after we had neglected it for a long time or studying all information at once for an upcoming test: If we focus on the big burden that is set in front of us we will quickly lose heart. I’m sure you agree that it’s always best to keep on top of things. And how do accomplish that? We have to tackle it bit by bit.

Now this, the pandemic that is going on at the moment, is quite a different situation. But the principle of tackling it bit by bit works as well. If we look at the humongous mountain of restrictions — and how we have currently lost our freedom — we will lose heart! Two days, two weeks, two months of lockdown seems just too much to bear. How will we ever survive and make it through the coming days? By taking it moment by moment and day by day.

Day by Day — Keeping focus on the LORD Jesus!

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