As I sat down to write this devotional today I came to a realization. I’m running low on ideas. Not just for these devotionals (although some of you might say, “yeah, I can tell”), but also for my day-to-day life. I’ll answer emails, reach out to my youth, plan our next Zoom Youth Group, play guitar, go on a walk, do some puzzle, watch an episode of Jeopardy on Netflix… and then look at the clock and realize it’s not even noon yet. I’m starting to get a little stir crazy and it’s from this place that I read the daily scripture for today.
“O sing to the Lord a new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
Tell of his salvation from day to day.”
– Psalm 96:1-2
A new song. That bit stuck out to me. Sing to the Lord a new song. Which begs the question, what song have I been singing? What song have I, with my actions, attitude, and words, been singing to God throughout this quarantine process? What kind of song am I raising up to God when I can’t think of a single thing to do for the majority of the day? Sing to the Lord a new song. What kind of song is being released into the universe when I am more concerned with hoarding for myself in times of turmoil than making sure others have enough? What song is escaping our lips when we continue to only lament about our situation in lieu of trying to do something positive? Sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing a song of love; making sure your neighbors have everything, calling friends and family who might be having a hard time.
Sing a song of hope; see the changes happening in the world environment and allow that to change your day-to-day actions right now and beyond, thank our front line workers with signs, letters, emails, car parades, texts, anything.
Sing a song of empathy; looking to how you can help those who need help the most, make masks, donate money, help serve meals to the homeless.
Songs are catchy. They get in your head and work their way into your heart. So, sing! Sing songs that will become earworms for others, sing these songs until your lungs give out, sing to fill this world with beauty and amazement and hope and love.
Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all the earth!