Today’s Scripture: Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. PsalmĀ 147:1

The book of Psalms is full of songs to our God. Songs about His greatness, forgiveness, mercy, and love for us fill the pages of this incredible book. It is very often the book I turn to in time of need. When I am discouraged, the psalms express how I feel and how my God can deliver me from my troubles.

One of the things you will find over and over in the psalms is that the writer ends in praise to God. Whether the psalm is entirely one of worship or a prayer for deliverance or forgiveness, the psalmist recognizes the greatness of God. When we remember Who our God is, we can be confident He will help us. When we feel alone, God is still there; when we feel guilty, God will forgive. When we feel depressed, God still loves us; when we feel attacked, God is our defense. When we feel everything is working against us, God is working for us. We have a God Who is worthy to be praised for Who He is and what He has done.

You don’t need to have the greatest voice to sing to God. He just wants to hear your voice. He wants to hear your praises. I don’t have the ability to sing well at all, but I still love to sing to my Savior. Singing lifts my heart to Heaven and keeps me from dwelling on the things I am facing. That is why the book of Psalms is such a help – it takes our eyes off of our problems and puts them on God.

You may not think your songs are pleasant, but God delights in hearing His children. When we come before Him with our praises, He listens earnestly. When He sees us worshiping Him, it is as if we are offering the most precious gift possible. Whether you have just received a great blessing or are going through a dark trial, lift your voice to Him today because “it is good to sing praises unto our God.”

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder