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Onion Tears

Psalm 105:2, “Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.”



You've done it again. It's time to make dinner and you begin to prepare the food. Rinsing, boiling, cutting, sauteing. Oh yeah, can't forget the onions. As you begin to slice the pieces the Water Works begin yet again. What was the trick, oh yeah, sing. Sing what? I know, I’ll just start praising Jesus.

     We've all been there. Some onions barely get you and then there are those onions that turn on the waterworks. If you haven't tried it yet, next time the onion tears come, just sing. Can't think of a song? Simply sing, praising Jesus. Make up words if you must, just sing.

 

     When Daniel faced the lions, he turned heavenward. I am positive that when the lion's mouths were shut, he had a song in his heart. As the waters began to overtake Peter, he cried out to Jesus and Jesus was there to pull him out. A song of praise was probably with him the rest of his life. The days after Joseph was sold into slavery were probably dreary as he passed from one terrible thing to another, yet he kept his faith in God's leading and praised Him despite his circumstances. A fire seven times hotter than it should be meant certain death for Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego. Yet, they remained faithful and never were harmed, even standing in the flames. Can you hear the songs they were singing to the Lord? Imagine being beaten and whipped, chained, and thrown into prison. How could anyone find a reason to sing? Yet Paul and Silas did just that. They sang to the Lord and the prison doors crumbled to the ground and their chains shattered.

     Sing to the Lord and the walls of Jericho fall. Sing to the Lord and a fish spits you out of its belly.

 

     “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 96:1-2

 

     God wants to hear us sing. He loves it when we express innovative, spontaneous, and unrehearsed praise and thanks to Him. When we have a song in our heart, we are praising God for His goodness and mercy. We praise God for His greatness and for the promise of salvation. We sing because we have the promise that God will draw near to us in good times and bad, when we draw near to Him.

     Singing helps us remember God's Word. Singing helps us respond to God's grace. Singing helps us reflect God's glory. God is with His people when they are praising Him- Psalm 22:3. From creation to the cross and into eternity, singing to the Lord invites Him into your life. No matter what season you are walking in, singing focuses your mind on Jesus.

 

     Songs don't always have to be lyrical either. Simply praise the Lord, lift your voice towards Heaven and praise. Praise opens the gates of Heaven and brings blessings. Praise drives away worry and weakens, concern and fear. Praise takes away sadness and magnifies goodness. Praise is a longing of faith. Sing to the Lord, it's the answer, the solution, the key that brings us closer to God.

     If you find the tears won't stop, the road blocked with obstacles, life bearing down on you. Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord and He will walk beside you and see you through.

     We are in a battlefield against satan and he will do anything to tear us down. When the walls are closing in, walls of frustration, shame, loss, sadness, negativity, and pain, it's time to get your praise on. In that moment of praise God will show up and help you win the victory. He will be your strength in battle.

     God wants to hear you sing. It’s easy to praise Him when the days are good, and we should be praising Him in those times. But He wants to hear you sing when the days are bad too. In those moments He will be the hope you need to pull you through, and who can’t help but be cheerful when praise is on our lips? God is listening and God is with you, and no matter what, God’s got this and God’s got you, like I have said before, victory is in Jesus. Simply, sing!

 

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Did you know When you sing, you dig deep roots in the Word. Colossians 3:16 tells us, "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly...singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs."

If you want God's Word to live in you Paul is first telling us to we can learn through song along with study and reading. This verse also comes the promise that God will richly dwell in us when we sing psalms to Him. And a fun way to memorize scripture is through singing them, go ahead see if you already know some in your heart. So, as we go into this weeks study with a song in our heart let's see how we can be Anchored in Christ during times of questions.





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