The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him (Psalm 28:7).
Do you ever wake up in the morning with a song running through your mind? Often, I wake up with the following chorus from Psalm 100:4 flooding through my mind- and my heart:
I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart. I will enter His courts with praise.
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
I have considered this little chorus to be “my song” for many years now. You see- as believers- we have reasons to sing no matter what is transpiring in our lives. Let’s look more closely at Psalm 28:7.
The Psalmist wrote, “The Lord is my strength.” It seems so easy to try to go it alone rather than ask for and depend upon the help of the Lord. However, we are not strong enough to carry the load by ourselves. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Without me you can do nothing.” A vine provides nutrients- sustenance- to the branches so they can flourish. The Lord is our strength- our sustenance- through the good and bad times of our lives.
The Psalmist wrote. “My heart trusted in him.” Trust in God is directly related to whether or not we have peace in our lives. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Finally, the Psalmist wrote, “I am helped.” The beautiful words of Psalm 121:1-2 remind us that our help comes from the Lord:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.
Do you have a song of rejoicing and praise that you can call “my song”? If not, ask God to give you a song that you can hold in your heart and in your mind. Your mornings and your days will be so much better just because you have a song.
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.