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Sing Joyfully to the Lord

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

β€œAll the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise.” (Psalm 98:4)

Easter is a time for joy. It is also a time to praise the Lord for His wonderful love for us and for the many sacrifices He made for us when He suffered and died on the cross.

Someone once said,“He who sings prays twice.” The actual origin of this phrase is debated. One source says it came from St. Augustine who actually said, “For he who sings praise does not only praise, but also praises joyfully, he who sings praise, not only sings, but also loves Him who he is singing about/to/for.”

Singing is a way that we can express our love to and for God. God loves to hear and receive our love through our voices singing to Him. Singing is life-giving not only to God and ourselves, but also for others. Singing can feed our souls and lift others’ spirits, as well as our own.

Other benefits of singing include:

·         A feeling of well-being and happiness

·         Reduced stress

·         Stronger immune system and heart and lungs

 

God blesses us with voices and song, not only to praise and bless Him, but also to bless ourselves and others.   So use your voice and break into song to be a blessing to God and to others this Easter season and beyond.

 


Heavenly Father,

thank you for the many sacrifices You gave

when Your Son suffered and died upon the cross for us.

Thank You for the gifts of song and voice.

Help us to use them in glorifying You

and to increase joy and happiness on earth.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Sharon Haas
Chaplain, Pastoral Care, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

ACTS 13:44-52 ● PSALM 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4 ● JOHN 14:7-14

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