11.20.12 "Singing"

Welcome to Tuesday’s blog!  The theme for our week is “Being Thankful” and Colossians 3:15-17 is our scripture reading for today!

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In three short verses we are called to being thankful in three ways!  “And be thankful … … … singing to God with gratitude in your hearts … … … giving thanks to God the Father…”!

I think the Apostle Paul is trying to make a point.  Thanksgiving is integral to the experience of faith in Jesus!   What is grasping my heart’s attention as I read these verses is the idea of “singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

My heart goes back to growing up in a very traditional Lutheran Christian home.  When we would gather for holidays at my grandparent’s house on my Mom’s side – there was almost always singing.  She came from a large family so I had a lot of aunts and uncles who could really sing well and they did.  I can still hear those two dozen or so aunts, uncles and cousins gathering around the piano and singing hymns – randomly breaking out into four part harmony at will.  Come to think of it – the most popular song that you could count of them singing started like this, “Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices…”! 

God is right! Music and singing is so important for nurturing a culture of “gratitude” in our hearts!  I am going to remember this on Thanksgiving.  We have more Christian music available than ever – that is so good!  As I listen and sing in this season I think I will try to remember that God is actually leading my heart into gratitude – that sounds like worship.  Maybe that is the point.

What do you see in these verses?  How is God nurturing your heart today through His word?

Have an awesome thankful day!