Thursday July 30 2015


Scripture: Psalm 81

Key verses: (1-3) Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, sound the tambourine,  the sweet lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.

Reflection: What are the sounds we raise today in praise to God? How do we sing aloud and shout for joy to God? On Sundays we hear our wonderful choirs and our Celebrate band praise God with music and song. In our worship we lift our voices as a congregation to sing. Sometimes there are special instruments that ring out, as well: bells and bagpipes, brass and drums and harps, quartets and ensembles and even whole orchestras for special occasions.

But how do we as individuals sing and shout aloud to God? I know some people who keep worship songs or hymns in their cars to sing along with as they drive. That’s one way to give praise to God. Many people (like you!) have a regular prayer time guided by these or other sorts of printed devotions. But often we keep these readings quiet, and pray silently. Is there a place for out-loud prayers and praises to God in our routines, as the Psalmist invites?

Try lifting your praise and prayers to God aloud today, either alone, or with someone else.  See if it feels different, or if God speaks to you in a new way. Start with this prayer, then add your own.

Prayer: Holy God, you are my strength. I lift my voice to you in praise today! Hear me as I pray aloud. I give you thanks for…….(add your own prayers aloud)…….in the name of Jesus, your Son, my Savior. Amen.

Author: Julie Hester

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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