Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Your Voice Sounds Better in the Key of Praise

Are you good at doing voices? Imitating people? Sure you are. Try it out.  Pick your favorite singer, now try to sound just like them singing a line or two of your favorite song. Go ahead...I'll wait. Wellll, good job! Didn't know you had it in ya. Ok, now. Thinking of the most annoying voice you've ever heard, and in that voice, sing this little ditty..."why, why, whhhhyyyy, how, how, hooowwww, no, no, nooooo". Oh wow, ok that's enough...that's enough I said.

Ok so, here's the easiest part of this little exercise. Answer this question. Which one do you prefer hearing? Exactly. That's my point. So glad you understand what I'm getting at. God bless you and thanks for reading my post. Until next time.

Oh...say what? You didn't get my point? Ooooh. That's right. You might not have read the same scripture passages I read yesterday. See, I'm doing this chronological, through the bible reading plan using the Bible app. And yesterday, it had me reading  5 chapters in Psalms. All of them saying something about SINGING unto the Lord. Ok, read for yourself.

-Psalm 89:1 "I will sing of the lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness."
- Psalm 96:1-2 "Sing a new song to the lord! Let the whole earth sing to the lord! Sing to the lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves."
-Psalm 100:2 "Worship the lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy."
- Psalm 101:1 "I will sing of your love and justice, lord. I will praise you with songs."
- Psalm 105:2 "Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds."

Do you see anything in those verses about whining unto the Lord? Nope! Then why do we do it so much! Goodness gracious, if anyone had anything to whine about, it would have been King David. Goliath wanted to crush him. Saul wanted to spear him. His baby died. Some of his kids went rogue. Even at probably the most triumphant time in his reign as king, when he defeated his foe and brought the Ark of the Covenant home, his wife who should have been cheering him on, nagged about him dancing in the streets. He had plenty of reason to whine. But instead, in all these verses and more, David said that he would sing unto the Lord. So what do you think we ought to do?

Look, its not that we don't ever have reason to whine. I mean even the bible says in Job 14:1 that "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble".  And God certainly encourages us to cast our cares on Him. But please, don't let that be the only thing He hears from us. Because the thing is, God's glory is greater than our grief. The Lord deserves to receive our praise more than we need vent our problems. And if we proclaim to the world we're Christians, yet we're always whining "Woe is meeee!", it's no wonder we have a hard time drawing the people around us to Christ.

Never forget, your voice sounds much better in the key of praise! So go ahead, warm up your vocals (me-me-me-meeeee), get ready to hit that high note, and sing God His glory!

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