Singing in the brokenness

I don’t know about you, but I can’t sing – well I can, but most would not call it that. Problem is, when it comes to singing to Jesus, I can’t do it quietly. I have to raise my voice and my hands.

I’ve always been fascinated by King David – who sang and danced. I can’t dance either. I don’t even try. But when I sing to Jesus I have to sway and move to the rhythm. Truth be told, I think God knits us all together with a desire to lift our voices and show our joy – but we squelch it.

In these dark days we find ourselves in – worldwide – we might think singing frivolous, might wonder what there is to sing about. “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1 NIV)

At the time David wrote Psalm 63 he was in the desert of Judah. Right now, there are a lot of ‘desert wanderers’ around us – maybe we even find ourselves in that dry place. Thirsty, seemingly no refreshment, weary sets in.

Oh, this is why it is so necessary for us to know this Savior. A Messiah who knows weariness, who went to the desert, who declared someday no more deserts for my beloved. Then David remembers the truth He knows about God: “Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your Name I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:3-4 NIV)

The world has made music for its own ears – glorifying self, putting down others, spewing hate, or making sex the focus. What a mixed message we are giving young ears. Melodic or pulsating messages that, at best, lead us and our children to think the world is all about what makes us happy, or at worst promotes base or hostile behavior. Wow, is there nothing mankind doesn’t turn to darkness?

Here’s something we can learn from David, the man after God’s own heart: let our singing be for the glory of God and the pouring out of our struggles to Him, acknowledging He is our source of rescue, strength, healing – and yes, of joy, hope, life.

Singing is a language between our soul and God. Do you remember a picture that circulated a few years back of a momma bird on a limb with wings unfurled just enough to shelter two baby birds? Creation shouts to us to see God’s messages to our hearts. And David puts it into words for us: “Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I stay close to You; Your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:7-8 NIV) This then is how we sing in the brokenness.

18 Comments on “Singing in the brokenness

    • Rebecca, may you sing because His joy is deep in you – and may it overcome all the brokenness and overflow through you.

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  1. Singing does change my mind, and I wonder if the reason why nature sounds encourage me so much is that they are God’s built-in song book for creation?

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    • I have to agree with you, it is His built-in song for us – thanks for pointing that out. I love the sound of babbling streams, crickets at night, thunder even. πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful Paris! I believe God rejoices to hear our voices-He created them exactly according to His good pleasure!

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  3. “Let our singing be to and for the glory of God…” Well, I can’t really sing much either (and dancing….no way) but singing to pour out my heart to my Heavenly Father and to bring Him glory. Well, that I can do!!:)

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    • Right there with you – and I so love just singing out to Him – the sweetest thing is, how much joy it gives Him. Someday He will tell us.

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  4. I agree, Paris, “I think God knits us all together with a desire to lift our voices and show our joy.” Whether we sing or make a joyful noise, He is blessed when we praise Him with all of our heart! I’m so thankful, “He is our source of rescue, strength, healing – and yes, of joy, hope, life.”

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    • Lisa – He is our everything isn’t He? So whether feeling broken or jumping for joy we know we serve a God who loves us without reserve.

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  5. I can relate and PSalm 63 is a favorite of mine. I’m writing a book along this theme of finding our song in the midst of Chronic Pain. Coming from the Grace & Truth LInk UP

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