Read Psalm 92 again this morning and thought of a dear friend and former member of a church I pastored years ago… Dorothy Perrine! Dorothy volunteered to clean the church. I’d go over to the church to study or care for church business, enter a side door to go to the office and I’d hear a beautiful contralto voice wafting through the church singing praise and worship to God at the top of her voice. She didn’t know I was there, but I’d pause and enjoy the private praise concert for a moment or two. That was a regular occurrence for Dorothy… She was a worshipping Christian!
Now I’ve heard others as well … not as talented, with voices that were a bit off key, but just as in love with the Lord, with hearts filled with thanksgiving and praise! They didn’t know anyone was listening (would have been mortified if they thought anyone was) but suddenly were captured by a heart of gratitude and worship and lifted a song to the Lord! I paused, listened to them, grinned a bit and enjoyed the “concert.” I know God was pleased… His word says, “make a joyful noise to the Lord!” (Psalm 95:1 and 100:1)
Here’s some tidbits from the passage that prompted this reflection today…
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your Name, O Most High! To declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness by night… For you, O Lord, have made be glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy! How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!”
So I’ll be singing somewhere today… be listening for me (I’m not going to tell you which group of singers I’m most like… you’re not my audience anyway, He is!). And I’ll be listening for you… perhaps grinning. Dorothy, however, if you’re out there somewhere this morning… Sing girl! Sing!