Donna will be leading us in our day 5 devotion time. To know Donna is to know she loves to sing, but she will be the first to tell you that you can sing without praising the Lord. She is here today to talk about praise and how we all have a “fight song.” One we can present to the Lord as we seek Him in prayer. Our amazing God is worthy of honor and praise.
I grew up in “Little” Washington, North Carolina…home of the Pam Pack. Yeah…just don’t ask. I was in the marching band and loved every minute of it. Friday night lights for me looked different than for some of my other friends up in the stands with the band playing music. Oh, the memories! And, if you put a flute or a piccolo in my hand to this day, I could play for you our fight song. That’s right…. “Oh, we’re the Pam Pack, the Mighty Pam Pack…….and we love our Washington, hey! Drum, drum, drum…Go Pam Pack!” Well, you get the idea. And while I remember that so very well, there are other songs that have stuck with me throughout my life. You have likely heard me exclaim on more than one occasion “there’s a song for that!” after reading a scripture verse. And many of those songs…they have become my fight songs. Music, lyrics deeply imbedded in my soul that can be brought to the surface at a moment’s notice. Worship if I could be so bold to call it….my fight songs.
Michael W. Smith sings about fighting battles in his song “Surrounded” based off of Isaiah 61:3:
“To grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful head dress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.”
This is how we fight our battles, by putting on the garment of praise rather than a faint spirit. This is our fight song. When we put on our garment of praise, we are surrounded by the very spirit of God even though it may look as if we are surrounded by the many evils of this world. When we allow that praise to sink deep within us, then the Holy Spirit can truly work in us.
Our #instaprayer prompt for today is: Sing a song of praise.
Now before you say, but I can’t sing remember the instruction found in Psalm 98:4 KJV, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
Hebrews 13:15 ESV says “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.”
The FRUIT of lips can look very different: whispers, groans, cries, songs, dancing, instruments, clapping, and lifted hands to name a few. The Bible says that if we are silent that the very rocks will cry out! (Luke 19:40)
We are to put on a garment of praise; our souls lifting our fight song. We are able to sing a song of praise in more than just a song.
So today, in your prayer time sing a song of praise to God giving Him glory for all that He has done and all that He will do.
Pray with us: Lord, I lift up my fight song to You. Lord, thank you for the opportunity to praise you in the good and in the bad. Lord, that you that we can put on a garment of praise instead of a faint spirit. Lord, thank you that through your son Jesus, we are made righteous. Lord, I praise you today with a joyful noise and I “sing” a song of praise to You. For You alone are worthy, You are mighty, and You are worthy of our praise. Amen.