I love to listen to the radio in my car, especially when I am by myself. I'm sure I have been pure entertainment for other motorist. I sing to the top of my lungs, tap my fingers on the steering wheel, and rock in my seat to the beat!
"Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him."
I must confess, I love all kinds of music! I am an American Idol fan (there I said it). But my favorite music is Christian Praise! Michael W Smith, Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, and so many more.
As I was driving to work this morning I was singing and started reflect on PRAISE. When we pray for things, wants, desires, requests, we must remember that GOD already knows these things.
"And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will."
How much time do I spend in just PRAISE and thanksgiving? How often do I express my gratitude for all the blessings God has given me daily? You know the ones we all take for granted. Health, beauty in nature, friends, family, jobs.... I could go on, but WE ARE ALL VERY VERY BLESSED! Just living in America is a blessing.
When I get down or stressed, I listen to SONGS of PRAISE and my spirit lifts! You know, I am blessed to have ears to hear music, a car that has a radio (and gas) and places to go to and from just so I can be in PRAISE with my Lord!
I bet PRAISE, whether spoken, thought or sung, is music to God's ears! :)
Here are just a few verses that speak of praise and song:
Psalms 101:1 "I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.I will praise you with songs."
Psalms 63:5 "You satisfy me more than the richest feast.I will praise you with songs of joy."
Exodus 15:2 "The Lord is my strength and my song;he has given me victory.This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him!"