My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth. [Psalm 57:7-11 (NLT)]

sunflower - Wis00946webDo you sing in the shower? My father did and when we heard him joyfully singing at the top of his lungs, we knew it would be a good day for us all. I don’t sing in the shower (or elsewhere) since my singing would be a perfect way to turn a good day into a bad one for anyone within earshot. I do, however, have days, those bright sunshiny days, when I wake up with a song in my heart and I sing His praises in full voice with symphonic accompaniment. Fortunately, no one can hear me because I’m singing only with my heart. The words of Psalm 57 sound like they were written on one of those absolutely perfect mornings, when all seems right with the world and one wants to sing God’s praises from the depth of one’s soul.

When David penned Psalm 57, did he wake up feeling joyful? Was everything right in his world? Actually no; this psalm is about a time when David was fleeing for his life. He wasn’t looking out at a bright sunshiny day; he and his soldiers were hiding from King Saul in a dark dingy cave! Yet, David’s psalm is one of joyful thanks and praise. It’s not that David didn’t know how dire his situation was. Earlier in the psalm, he likens it to being surrounded by fierce hungry lions with tongues as sharp as swords and teeth like spears and arrows. In spite of his circumstances, David speaks of his confidence; confidence not in himself, in his troops or cause, or even the safety of the cave. He joyfully speaks of his confidence in God’s unfailing love.

If we have faith in God, regardless of how dark our circumstances, every day can be a bright sunshiny one. Sing to Him with joy, confident in His love. Even if no one else can hear your song, God will hear the song in your prayers. Even if we’re tone deaf and way off key, our heartfelt songs of thanks and praise will be music to God’s ears.

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 (NLT)]

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