Gladness and Singing

Posted where I can see it regularly is the Bible verse, Psalm 90:14: “Oh satisfy us in the morning with your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” I began to think about that.

Certainly we must be satisfied with His marvelous, endless, boundless lovingkindness. But how many of us gripe and complain? His lovingkindness is on display daily – in the sunshine. We are enjoying October’s bright blue weather! The mountains are putting on their tweed coats from the top down. This is a glorious time of year. I don’t go hungry because of His lovingkindness to me. I am not in ill health because of HIs lovingkindness to me. I have a wonderful family that loves me and surrounds me because of His lovingkindness to me. I could go on…like I said His lovingkindness is boundless.

That verse is from Psalm 90 that begins with, “Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” That’s enough to make you satisfied – Shelter, security, safety…

But the next part of the verse caused me to pause. “That we may sing and be glad all our days.” It seems to me that gladness would come before singing. Because when we are glad, happy, we want to sing. But the Psalmist doesn’t put it that way. He wants us to sing before we are glad. Just how do we do that? It’s not easy to do.

But I have noticed that people, I would assume have every reason not to sing, are usually the happiest people. They sing as they wake up. They sing of His goodness and faithfulness to them. While I tend to grumble. They start their day remembering His lovingkindness.

Singing comes first. It tunes the heart. It prepares us to be glad. Not just some days but all our days. Then as we sing, gladness comes. Maybe like the dawn itself…slowly until we burst into song. We cannot help but sing!

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