I was stopped in my tracks mid morning run, and not because of the biting air or cold sleeting snow rain or even my sloshy soggy tennis shoes, but because of a breathtaking symphony of birds!! I couldn’t see even one of them, as they were all well tucked away from the elements within the long sheltering swamp grass. However from within their refuge their song rose above and lifted my heart to sing alongside their song of joy!
It’s easy to become the brute beast Psalm 73 speaks of when your “run” is brutal and the forecast is more “winter storms”. But when you are running with God He makes available to each of us a new song of His joy every morning; we just must choose to sing it.
I’m reminded that no beasty heart is beyond our Lord’s taming! In Genesis 2:19 God was able to round up all the wild animals for Adam to name. In Genesis 7:8-9 God again was able to corral all the animals needed for the Ark!
Psalm 73:21-26 (NIV) When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven by you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
The song of the birds this morning as I ran by lifted my spirits. When we choose to sing the song of joy God gives our hearts, others around us may just be lifted up on those symphonic notes as well! Psalm 40:3 (NIV) He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Dear one, today I pray you receive His song of joy that rises above the “rain” and then choose to sing it because nothing shakes His reign over it all!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6 (NIV)