Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 106:1-12, Judges 5:12-21, and 1 John 5:13-21
Our reading from Judges is a hymn of victory that was sung after the Israelites won a battle over their enemies (yesterday’s reading). It is similar in form to a Psalm, and was possibly sung in worship.
There are times when we are victorious, and those are times when we need to sing songs of praise. They might be songs that we’ve always sung. They might be songs that are printed in the hymnal, or that we’ve heard on the radio. They might be completely new songs. However we do it, praising God for helping us through tough times is always a good thing.
Take some time to praise God this morning. Make up your own song, or sing one you already know. Try singing one that you love, and then another from a style that perhaps you’re unfamiliar. For instance, if you’re normally one who sings old hymns, try singing something more contemporary. If you like Southern Gospel, try putting a Psalm to your own music, making it up as you go along. You can do this when you’re all by yourself, if you want, so that you’re not embarrassed by people listening to you. The point is to focus on praising God, and God just wants to hear your heart. It doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Between all the music available on CDs, the internet, and so forth, you should be able to find something that expresses your love for God. Extra points if the song is singing to God instead of just singing about God. Let your song be your prayer.