EXCEEDINGLY GLAD!

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

{Ephesians 5:18-20).

In these verses singing is to inspire, as well as overflow from, our spiritual lives—to seek motivation through the spirit to exult the soul, not by stimulating the flesh.

In the midst of profound agonies and trials, those who love God will discover reasons for boundless joy. Yes, during those difficult times it will be possible to praise and bless Him.

Satan dreads our singing much more than our crying.

We can not only choose His will and endure, but rejoice in it, being “filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8). Isn’t that great?

Waiting on God and abiding in His will is to know Him in “the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10) and to be conformed to the likeness of His Son (Romans 8:29).

Holiness is allowing Him to live His life through us. When God desires to enlarge our capacity for spiritual understanding, we don’t need to fear the greater realm of suffering that comes our way.

Anxiety just wraps us up in ourselves. We do not let our perceived need for understanding distract us from His presence, but live in deep dependence on Him. Jesus said, “I have come to give life and to give it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Abundant life is living in consistent and continuing dependence on Him.

Let us sing when we don’t feel like it, for in this way we give wings to heavy feet and turn

weariness into strength.—John Henry Jowett (Ephesians 5:18-19).

Paul is such a wonderful example! He and Silas, after being bloodily beaten in the Philippian jail, “were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25). Captive audience, I would say; and this was “about midnight”!

We need to see that the sustaining grace which enabled him to sing praises while enduring such suffering is also sufficient for us in our trials and difficulties. How many of us have received 195 lashes from the Jews or been stoned to near death, or beaten with rods 3 times (2 Corinthians 11:24-25)? He gloried in the fact that he bore on his “body the marks of Jesus” (Galatians 6:17).

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

And you will be singing as the days go by. –Oatman

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