Last night I was tempted not go to church because I was so tired, I was nauseous, I had a cold, and wanted to curl up and go to bed. But I went and I Thank God for encouraging and pushing me to go. I am still sad but am so much at peace with what has happened. We were singing and at first, my heart was a million miles away. But then, we started singing "Sing and Be Happy". The lyrics to this hymn really touched my heart last night. I have been singing this song since I was a little girl, but last night was the first time I have actually took the time to "think" about the words. We are commanded in Ephesians 5:19 to "Sing and Make Melody in our heart to the Lord." I think sometimes we all just sing the words with our voices, but do not "listen" to and feel the words that we are singing with our heart. I know I am guilty for that and I ask for God's forgiveness. Going through the motions of worship is one thing, whether it be singing, the Lord's Supper, Prayer, or the Sermon, but actually putting your heart into it is so uplifting. It's so easy to show up at church and sit in the pews, but yet our mind is a thousand miles away. Is this what God wants? I don't think he does and that is why if we do this, we will often leave church with nothing. I know, I've been there and done that. But yet, if we put our minds, and our whole hearts we will leave with so much more. John 4: 24 says "Worship God in spiirt and truth". Are we doing this? Are we worshiping God is spirit and truth or are we going through the motions?
Here are the words to the hymn "Sing and Be Happy"
If the skies above you are gray, You are feeling so blue,
If your cares and burdens seem great all the whole day through,
There's a silver lining that shines in the heavenly land,
Look by faith and see it my friend, Trust in His promises grand.
Often we are troubled and tried, Sick with sorrow and pain,
There are others living in sin blest with earthly gain,
Take new courage we cannot tell what the morrow may bring,
When the dark clouds vanish away then your heart truly can sing.
Oft we fail the see the rainbow up in heaven's fair sky,
When it seems the fortunes of earth frown and pass us by,
There are things we know that are worth more the silver and gold,
If we hope and trust Him each day, We shall have pleasure untold.
Sing and you'll be happy today, Press along to the goal,
Trust in Him who leadeth the way, He is keeping your soul,
Let the world know where you belong, Look to Jesus and pray,
Lift your voice and praise Him in song, Sing and Be Happy Today!