I bought the new Chris Tomlin CD, See the Morning, this past week and I can barely get past the first track on the CD because the song is so powerful to me. (I am liking the whole CD, by the way). I am stuck on the song "How Can I Keep From Singing", because it tells of a person so thrilled with the knowledge of being loved by God that they cannot keep from singing. Do you feel that way? Do you fully realize the cost and extent of God's love for you? I feel like singing about God's love for me. In the midst of the storms He is so faithful to give me a song in my heart and show me that He cares for me. I have learned to hold on to Him as my "rock", as the first verse says.
There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring
And though the storms may come
I am holding on
To the rock I cling
Psalm 62:5-6 says: My soul, wait only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.
Are you clinging to the Rock? If you are and have realized how truly indescribable God's gift of His son Jesus is to you, I bet you have a song in your heart too. I just can't get the chorus of this song out of my mind:
How can I keep from singing Your praise
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Cor 9:15) My thoughts of Him really do make my heart want to sing. However, sometimes my "singing" is hindered by the cares of this world - the drama of everyday living that takes our focus off of the eternal and on to the temporal. Lord, help us all to stop and remember your sacrifice for us no matter what we are going through. Show us how to unceasingly thank You for Your goodness. Cause us to take the time to reflect, be still and just bask in Your presence.
I will lift my eyes
In the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives
And I will walk with You
Knowing You'll see me thorugh
And sing the songs You give
Has God given you a song in your "night"? He will you know (Ps 40:1-3). Just as God did for our psalmist, David, when we cry out to God, He will hear our cries, pull us up out of our pits, and put a new song in our mouths. What a promise!
Finally, as I finish my thoughts on this song, I love the reasons listed here for singing God's praises. Can you relate to any of these as I can?
I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And fall down again
I can sing 'cause You pick me up
Sing ' cause You're there
I can sing 'cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to you in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I'll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne.
Quite a list, huh? I can relate to all of those reasons. And whether we have problems or not, blessings we can see or not, we all can sing just because He is there. I am loved by King, and it makes my heart want to sing.
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.