Seize the Moment – Day 1091

Sing for Joy!

Psalm 5


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, March 13.


I’ve always enjoyed listening to music. But I didn’t start singing until I became a Christian. I learned quickly that Christians love to sing when they get together. Paul commanded the early church in Ephesians 5:18c-19, “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” But this wasn’t a new idea for God’s people!


The Psalms were often set to music, like Psalm 5 states in its introduction, “For the choir director; for flute accompaniment.” David called the people of God to song in verse 11, “But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You.” David was petitioning God for protection from wicked people through this psalm, and in doing so, he was using music to teach God’s people how to cry out to God with their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.


Music is meant to teach, inspire, and encourage us in our walk with God; to spur us on to godliness and faithful living. In Colossians 3:16, Paul explained how our singing is to build one another up in the faith, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”


We are to gather and sing together, but you are to wake up each morning and sing for joy, as David invites in Psalm 5:3, “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.”


Seize the moment and pray Psalm 5, meditating upon the power of praise in your Christian life. When you sing for joy, the promises of God anchor deeply into your soul.


God bless you!


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