The pic is cute in an ugly sort of way, I know. But it helps make my point so please read on.
I think our church family does a fairly good job of singing, but I think we could do better. Much better. I learned this from having the kids up front this past Sunday morning. Mouths wide open. Nearly shouting. It was really great.
Would you do me the favor of praying through the psalm for prayer for this week? It is Psalm 81:1, 10-16. I think it will help us learn to sing better. There are a few reasons.
First, when you sing you must open your mouth if you are going to do it well. And when you open your mouth toward God, he has a tendency to fill it.
Psalm 81:10 says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
Second, when God fills your mouth as you open it to sing, it protects you from going hard and fast in the other direction. Look at the last verses of our psalm. When you open your mouth to sing, you give your heart the chance to respond to God because he’s great and has done unbelievably fantastic things for you, his child.
Psalm 81:10 starts by saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
That’s a really good reason to sing. God has done for his people what they could have never done for themselves. He brought us up from slavery and set us free to serve him in love. The more you remind yourself of that unfathomable blessing, especially through song, the softer your heart will remain to him. The next verses talk about people who got hard hearts because they didn’t listen. They must not have sung very much!
Third, God not only fills your mouth, he fills it with good things.
Psalm 81:16 - But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.
Gluten free wheat and honey from local bees! What more could a guy want?? Sounds like a healthy sopapilla! Sign me up. Make a million or so, start the conveyor belt, and I’ll sit at the end with my mouth wide open!
God is a good, good God. I’ve been struck in my own personal prayer time the past several days just how amazingly good he is to us. I see myself as a little bird that sings because he has a mother or a father who can give them what they want and what they need. They open their mouths wide to sing, and they end up getting their mouths stuffed with the nutrition necessary to grow.
So open your mouth and sing, and in the meantime, enjoy the heavenly feast that a good God puts in the wide open mouths of his singing children.