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This is my Father’s world, 

and to my listening ears all nature sings, 

and round me rings the music of the spheres … (1)

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The carols of the songbird which greet the morning and welcome the evening are one of the blessings of God.  

In the morning their songs are grateful praise thanking God for bringing them through the night.  In the evening their songs thank God for the provisions of food, water, and shelter during the day.

Life is simpler and more joyous when each day is opened and closed in grateful praise.

Music is the universal language of praise and prayer.  It is the balm which soothes the troubled soul and which lifts the downcast spirit.

It is easier to sing your worries away than to reason them away! (2)

When trouble overwhelms me, when peace eludes me, and when Satan pursues me, music delivers me into the loving arms of God and causes my enemies to flee.

I have been blessed with a deep appreciation for all styles of music, as long as it praises God.  From David Crowder to Bach, from Isaac Watts to Jason Upton, from Michael W. Smith to Leigh Nash, I find God’s grace in every song.

All music which is written and sung for the glory of God is good music.  

We will find common ground in God’s holy kingdom when we gather to praise Him as Heaven’s Choir as we sing traditional, contemporary, blended, country, cowboy, sacred, spiritual, and a-cappella music to our Lord and Savior.

All music breathes the praise of the saints, the vision of the prophets, the prayers of the penitent and the spirit of the martyrs.  All praise brings solace to the sad, assurance to the perplexed, faith to the doubter and comfort to the oppressed. (3)

Sing to the Lord a new song! (4)

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  1. Hymn: This Is My Father’s World, by Maltbie Davenport Babcock. 
  2. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 183). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. 
  3. Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990), 8.
  4. Psalm 149:1
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Thank You God

When I teach leaders to pray, I start by teaching the group the Thank You God form of prayer.  It is a simple and safe form of group prayer.

Everyone prays in turn as we move around the circle.  Pray what you wish.  When you have finished your prayer, close with the words, “Thank you God”. These closing words signal the next person in the circle to pray.

The beauty of this prayer is not everyone prefers to pray out loud in groups.  They do not need to do this in this form of prayer.  They may pray quietly and then, when led by God, simply pray aloud, “Thank you God”. Thus, signaling the next person to pray.

Martin Luther wrote:

We’re showered with blessings every day, and we’re always using what God gives us. …  we accept his gifts as if they simply appeared out of nowhere or as if we earned them through our own efforts, diligence, or wisdom. We think that God somehow owes us these things, and therefore we don’t need to thank him. (1)

As I walk through my day, whether with others or alone, I pray the Thank you God prayer regularly.  

It keeps my heart and spirit grateful and humble.

As you journey through today take time to pray the Thank You God prayer.

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  1. Luther, Martin; Galvin, James C. (2009-05-19). Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 117). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. 

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