Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with the tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
I think the message here is that we should praise the Lord!
The Psalm above is in stark contrast to the 7.59am train to Grand Central. Silence. There’s not even the rustling of newspapers any more. It often makes me smile when I have an image in my head of everyone on the train suddenly bursting into song like the scene in ‘The Music Man’. I know that it’s never going to happen (except perhaps in the bar car around this time of year) but that’s not the kind of song I’m thinking about. But maybe we should at least listen to some music. I’m not very knowledgeable in Christian popular music. For me, it would have to be rock or pop. I know the music by a band called Delirious. But that’s about all. Any recommendations are welcome.
Even if we can’t sing in the ‘silent car’ we can try to do it in our heads. This is a week to praise and thank the Lord. He sent His son to die for us. Sounds strange to praise Him for that but that’s what He did so our sins can be washed away. That’s a truly sacrificial gift. How can we not praise Him! It’s difficult to fathom when the malls are full of people buying presents and houses smothered in decorative lights but it’s all about one person. Jesus. God made into man. As John the Baptist said in John 1:29 ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes way the sin of the world’. I don’t think he whispered that line. ‘Behold’ means call to attention. Let us pay attention. Let us rejoice, even on the 7.59!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending your son to die for us. Forgive us for forgetting that this is what Christmas is about. Give us all peace throughout Christmas. Peace that allows us to reflect on that sacrifice – Amen!