“Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds”.
Ps 68:4 NIV
People love to sing. They sing in the bath. They enjoy themselves “in pubs and clubs and places where they sing”. They roar in football stadia. They sing and swoon for pop stars. And they sing – a little more decorously – in services of worship.
The ancient Hebrews sang in the temple. Their worship was full of music. For worship then was full of praise to God. It still is. We still praise the name – only now it is the name of Jesus. We sing “Jesus the name high over all in hell or earth or sky, angels and men before it fall and devils fear and fly”. We sing praise to God when we baptize our children – and adults. We sing praise to God when we marry. We sing praise to God when someone dies. Then we sing to God in heaven – part of the heavenly choir.
It is God who inspires our singing and calls forth our praise. We extol him because he rides on the clouds, organizes and orders nature, and works his glorious salvation in our hearts and lives. We stand in awe when we contemplate his sovereign rule over the nations. We warm with adoration when we think of all Jesus did and was. And we allow our eyes to open wide when we reflect that the uncertain future we sometimes fear is safely in his hands. We praise him because he lifts us up when we are despondent, rekindles our faith when we struggle with doubts and inspires us to greater endeavour when we feel smug about our achievements.
“O for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer’s praise”.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray for those families where there is conflict between siblings. Help the parents to relate even-handedly with all the children and to guide them to care for each other. Help the siblings to overcome jealousy and to support each other. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN