How’s your day been today?
This morning, I was going on day 2 of washing dishes in the bathroom sink due to a stubborn clog somewhere in the deep recesses of an unseen line.
But that’s only this week. Earlier in this month, we’ve faced the clearing out of my childhood home, a daughter battling a bad concussion, and the end of our beloved dog’s 14 year life.
All that sometimes seems like a mighty weight of sadness and worry, and yet today I was overwhelmed to praise my Savior.
No, I didn’t get any overwhelming good news (well, apart from getting the sink running again by the hands of some skillful plumbers).
No, the skies weren’t full of sunshine, bluebirds, and puffy white clouds.
And no, we didn’t get a new puppy.
My morning started out with the Olympic event of clothes changing–5 times and still not me, but wearable. Rain drizzled. Quiet reigned. I sat at our kitchen table, folded my arms on the wooden surface, and lay my head down upon them–and prayed.
And as I was praying for light on the path, for leading through the storm, my heart broke and tears flowed.
I realized, how selfish I was.
- Surrounded in clean clothes within the walls of a house with running water and air conditioning.
- Supported by faithful family and friends who speak truth and love when I need it most.
- Stayed firm and steadfast by the work of Christ on the cross and the empty tomb that holds His full measure of love.
Who was I to pray FOR something.
I could do nothing but praise the one who gave and did everything for me.
And how that lifted away all those worries and concerns! Death had no sting. Trials had no snare. Concerns had no importance. Suddenly, nothing mattered more than praising Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Doesn’t the Bible call us to praise Him through prayer and song? Consider Psalm 148, verses 11 and 12:
Praise him, kings and all peoples,
princes and all other rulers;
young women and young men,
old people and children, too.
and Psalm 100, verses 1 through 4:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
I quickly found versions of the Doxology hymn on my music system, and as I sang those simple words, God blessed me with peace.
I so encourage you ~ give it a try!
And if you’re curious about the Doxology hymn (as I was)…
Thomas Ken, was an Anglican priest in England, in the 17th century. The Doxology is actually the chorus to two hymns he wrote for his students at Winchester College–one for the morning (“Awake, my soul, and with the sun”) and one for the evening (“Glory to thee, my God, this night). The full story of his most interesting life (and the full evening song) can be found at Hymn History
If you’re eager to hear the Doxology sung in beautiful new ways, open these links:
- For an soothing acapella version, Anthem Lights – Doxology
- For a full instrumental version, Stars Go Dim – Doxology
Here is the chorus ~ let it be the chorus of our lives, come trials and concerns or clogged drains and rain.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Amen and Alleluia