A Heart That Sings

Read: Psalm 100

The LORD . . . will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zeph. 3:17)

One morning my husband and I took a ride and stopped to have lunch at a log cabin restaurant. In a booth across the room, a little four-year-old boy was busy coloring the placemat, and he began to sing. The tune drifted across to us: “This is the day that the Lord has made!” His little heart spontaneously shared the beauty of the day with all listening. God surely listened and smiled!

Does God sing? We read in Zephaniah 3:17 that God sings over his people. He must love singing because he sent a chorus of angels to announce and celebrate at Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:13-14). Psalm 100 invites us to enter God’s presence with singing and thanksgiving, and to bless his name. Music is also a service to God, as we observe in the story of David playing his harp to calm an agitated King Saul (1 Sam. 16:23). Singing benefits singers and hearers alike (Eph. 5:19-21).

Singing relaxes my thoughts and helps me focus on God, and motivates my thankfulness for all the daily things he provides (Isa. 65:14). “Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” (Ps. 100:2) Such worship is a delight to God, but even when we are afraid or feel weak or ashamed, he will sing over us. —Betty Kobes

As you pray, find a song in your heart and sing to God, our Father.

About the Author

Betty Kobes attended Kuyper College (formerly Reformed Bible College) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received a bachelor of science in education and religion from Upper Iowa University. She served as teacher for 34 years in Christian and public schools. She is a member of the Immanuel Reformed Church in Belmond, Iowa, where she is active in Praise Team singing, teaching, and the Pleasant Prairie Classis Leadership Team, along with home activities of writing, gardening, walking, biking, and quilting.