Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A New Song

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I opened the drapes this morning, I could hardly see across the street because of the fog! But it has lifted from the ground and is still overhead, but it will probably burn off soon and be another very warm day!

When I stepped outside I found out why there were dark spots on the porch when I swept off the leaves. Dozens of robins were zooming all around and probably had been eating berries off the Brazilian pepper trees all around. I wish they hadn't gotten rid of them on the porch. Actually, that is the first time I have seen flocks of robins this year. They hung around quite a while, filling the air with their chirps while they called to each other.

I went to the park yesterday afternoon, but did not walk, as it was late and very warm. I would have had to take my umbrella to keep the sun off. But all the trees are now blooming out and turning green, so it is getting cheerier to look at every day. I was just in time to see a beautiful egret take off in graceful flight down the canal. It was a peaceful moment in the day. God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

He put a new song in my mouth, A hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3
Singer and songwriter Bobby Michaels tells how one summer he sensed a growing hunger to come up with a new song, , but he could not find it within him. As he was visiting his publishing company to discuss a new album, he met a young man working as an intern. The young man mentioned that he wrote songs, and Bobby found himself pouring his heart out to the young man.

"Forget what might be appealing or what might sell," said the young man. "Just tell me what you think God wants you to sing about." Bobby's story inspired the young man to write a beautiful song that uncannily communicated Bobby's heart. The  name of the song is "My Redeemer is Faithful and True." It is an unpretentious and simple prayer of thanksgiving to our Creator. It is a reverent statement of faith in God's faithfulness. It literally made Bobby's heart sing anew his love for his Savior.

The sales staff and editors did not like the song. In fact, they did not believe that it would sell. "Too slow," they said. "Too redundant." On and on they went.  But Bobby remained  adamant that this song was directly from God and that it was anointed of God. He was convinced that it ministered to Him, and it would minister to others.

Guess what? Bobby was right. God has used the song to bless countless  numbers of individuals, and the testimony he gives at his concerts prior to singing the song makes thousands of hearts sing right along with him. And the young man who wrote the song was Steven Curtis Chapman, winner of numerous Dove and Grammy awards.

Isn't God simply amazing! What new song does He  want to put in your heart today?

                                    A bird doesn't sing because
                                     he has an answer_he sings
                                     because he has a song.
                                         Joan Angelund

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,