Text: Psalm 49
For breath to sing the Lord’s song
For joy in times of trouble
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
Why sing? In these days, when we are warned about the dangers of singing, I think that there is a danger to singing that no one wants to acknowledge: a people that have a song to sing and a God to praise have solved the riddle of daily living.
We do not sing a song to ourselves, as one poet put it: we sing to the God who ransoms, who redeems, who serves as our place of refuge, our strength to love and serve, our hope for time to come:
O blessed saints, now take your rest;
A thousand times you shall be blest
for keeping faith firm unto death
and scoring worldly trust.
For now you live at home with God
and harvest seeds once cast abroad
in tears and sighs—see with new eyes
the pattern in the seed!
Hear all the angels raise the song;
O saints, sing with that happy throng
Lift up one voice; let heav’n rejoice
in our Redeemer’s Song!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks