With Thankfulness in Your Heart

With Thankfulness in Your Heart
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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

C O L O S S I A N S  3 : 1 6

I love First Place 4 Health for many reasons, but one of the things that buoys me up is when the Holy Spirit calls to mind one of the many Scriptures I have memorized through the program, especially the Scripture put to music! The tips and skills I have learned and the encouragement I have received as we “admonish one another” in friendly Scripture memory competition, and as we sing psalms, hymns and Scripture verses, have been invaluable. I think the key word in Colossians 3:16 is “richly,” as this is the secret to growing true, authentic gratitude in our hearts, which can’t help but burst out in song (in my case, at least!).

I love being a “dorm mom” at our Christian summer camp, Camp Pitt. The girls always ask me what dorm I’ll be in, for two opposing reasons. Either they’re not “morning people” and want to avoid me at all costs, or they get a kick out of being roused out of their slumber by my obnoxious rendition of “Rise and Shine” and other favorites. There’s really no escaping it, however. If I miss them at wakeup, I always embarrass, uh, I mean catch them in the breakfast line. “Everybody SING! Ri-ise, and shi-ine, and give God the GLORY, GLORY . . . children of the Lord!!” I have to steal my husband’s famous line when people ask him if he can sing: “Oh, sure I can sing. Not many people like the way I do it, but I can sing!” I know God’s ways are not our ways, and I sure hope that includes His hearing. I like to think He smiles when we sing to Him, no matter how it sounds to sleepy campers or other mere earthlings. 

Prayer:   Father, thank You for the gift of song and for Your Word, which make a dynamic combination.  Thank You for the musicians that bring Your words to life in ways that reach into our hearts and allow them to dwell there richly. May You be pleased with our praises. Amen. 

Action Item:   Be willing to explore new ways of using music and Scripture together in your quiet time and in worship experiences. Write in your journal how different types of music make you feel as you try to express yourself to God.

Jeanne Deveau Gregory, Chatham, Virginia