There is an endless song
Echoes in my soul
I hear the music ring
And though the storms may come
I am holding on
To the rock I cling
How can I keep from singing Your praise
How can I ever say enough
How amazing is Your love
How can I keep from shouting Your name
I know I am loved by the King
And it makes my heart want to sing
I will lift my eyes
In the darkest night
For I know my Savior lives
And I will walk with You
Knowing You’ll see me through
And sing the songs You give
I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And I fall down again
I can sing ’cause You pick me up
Sing ’cause You’re there
I can sing ’cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I’ll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne
written along with Ed Cash and Matt Redman
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My whole being shall be satisfied…and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
To the end that my tongue and my heart
and everything glorious within me
may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Take a moment, please, and think back to last night as you laid your weary head down on your pillow…. Did your thoughts turn to praising the Almighty with joyful lips? Did you remember the blessings and mercies and grace that He had given to you throughout the day? Did you meditate and consider how very much He had helped you and guided you? Did you recognize that He had protected you…and did you rejoice? (I ask these same questions of myself!)
I think, for most of us, we DO thank God for the day that has just past. But…then perhaps we get distracted thinking about all that has occurred during the day. We remember conversations—good AND not-so-good. We think about unfinished tasks and projects. We add to the ‘to-do’ list we carry around in our heads. Maybe we even start worrying over the next day that hasn’t even begun yet. But there is a better idea! Try thinking these things:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
So take another moment, please, and think about yesterday again…. Was there truth? Were things right? Can you remember something lovely that happened? Did a friend do something you admired? Did God’s blessings cause your heart to sing His praises? I venture to say that yes…YES!…there were true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and PRAISEworthy things!!! Thinking about these kind of things will cause us to praise our great God with joyful lips. Remembering the grace and mercy that He gave to us will give us much to meditate upon. Dwelling upon the goodness of our God will lift our heart and we will rejoice!
Tonight, as you again lay your beautiful head down, sing and speak praises to Your Father! Instead of worry and concern, allow all the truth, the right and lovely, the pure and admirable, the excellent, the PRAISEworthy things to fill your heart and mind. Give praise to the One Who supplied your needs, Who protected you, Who led you and guided you. Rest, my friend, in the comfort and blessing of His presence…and I am sure you will wake up in the morning, saying as the Psalmist did:
But I will sing of Your mighty strength and power;
yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning;
for You have been to me a defense and a refuge in the day of my distress.
Unto You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
for God is my Defense, my Fortress, and High Tower,
the God Who shows me mercy and steadfast love.
Psalms 59:17 and 18
And, perhaps, singing the sweet words of this song…
‘How can I keep from singing Your praise? How can I ever say enough? How amazing is Your love? How can I keep from shouting Your name? I know I am loved by the King…and it makes my heart want to sing!’
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Almighty God, You are Holy, You are Faithful, You are Sovereign, You are Love! Please help us through Your Holy Spirit to remember to think on the true, the right, the lovely, the pure, the admirable, the excellent, the praiseworthy things…and to praise You, Lord! We do sing out our praises…in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.