Wonders of Music

Joyful choir

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble…. I sing praise to you…my loving God.—PSALM 59:16–17 NIV

Talk about trouble—David had more than his fair share of it. Day in and day out, year after year, David was a wanted man pursued by a jealous king. Homeless, on the run, accompanied by a bunch of lowlifes, David lays out an interesting pattern in the psalms.

First, he will cry out to God in sorrow, complaint, and even occasional whining. But invariably, he then shifts to joyful praise.

We can be that real with God, too. We can tell Him our heart’s burdens and vent our hurts, disappointments, and struggles to Him. He can handle it.

David didn’t try to sound “spiritual.” He was genuine with God. Once he had cleared the air, his heart turned to thanksgiving and praise. He’d bring out the instruments, write a song or two, and regain his strength.

Music can be a source of strength to a weary caregiver—and to the one trapped by the need of care. Whistling, humming, or singing a song of praise can help refocus a grumbling heart and restore hope when it’s been waning.

Today, fill your world with songs of praise and worship

Today's Prayer:

Mighty Father, I thank You for the wonder of music. Help me to sing Your praises—of Your strength and love daily, for You are my refuge.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts