“Those who sing, pray twice.” When Mike mentioned St. Augustine’s quote in a sermon recently, it really struck a chord with me. Having joined River Road’s Chancel Choir in January, I feel very privileged to be surrounded each week by wonderful musical talent. To be uplifted by inspirational songs and lyrics is one of the great joys of worship. To stand in our magnificent Sanctuary and sing glorious thanksgivings and praise to God is indeed an act of prayer.
Prayer is one of the most important elements in building a strong relationship with God. He loves us so dearly that he gave his only Son to die for us. God’s desire is that we do His will. Showcasing our talents and accomplishments is one thing; but consistent prayer and conversation with God keeps us from being self-centered in our wishes and to remember those whose needs are greater than ours. Asking God to bear our burdens helps us to develop a greater faith and trust in Him and to more clearly see His hand at work all around us.
The scripture from Psalm 147 states, “How good it is to sing praises to our God.” Whether we are singing Christmas hymns in church, listening to our children sing in their holiday pageants, or singing along to the sounds of the season on the radio, lifting our hearts and voices in song is a passionate way to praise God with joy, with love, with thanksgiving, and with never-ceasing prayer.
Dear Lord, As we celebrate the Advent season, please help us to remember our many blessings and to know that with your unfailing love bestowed upon us, we have nothing to fear. Amen.