Sing, Sing, Sing by Jessica Dayton

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It was a Thursday morning and we were on our way to drop the kids off at school.  I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I was dragging a little.  The kids had situated themselves and were chatting away.  My daughter is 7 and my son is 6, so you can image how quickly the noise level began to rise.  I felt myself begin to feel slightly agitated and opened my mouth to quiet them… when I realized what the noise was.  “Deep cries out to, deep cries out to, we cry out to we cry out to You, Jesus!”  Both of my kids were singing praises to Jesus!

In that moment, I suddenly felt the presence of God.  He was inhabiting their praises right there in the car.  I thought about how joyous they were.  How happy they were.  How fulfilled they were.  And, I was instantly convicted.  How long had it been since I had let go of everything that was going on in my life just to praise?  Not when I was in church.  Not singing along to whatever song was on the radio.  How often do I let “stuff” get in the way?

Psalm 34: 1-4 says,

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

There are times when I LOVE to praise Jesus and worship seems to come easy.  I feel His presence and I am able to give myself fully to Him.   There are other times when it is a struggle to even breathe a single word of praise.

We are called to “continually” praise God.  No matter what is happening in our lives, no matter what circumstances come our way, we should always praise!  We are called to praise him through all things, in all things and sometimes despite all things.  No matter what is going on in our lives – we are to praise God.  Sometimes, as the Bible says in Hebrews, we are to offer up a sacrifice of praise.

The amazing thing is, that what starts out as a sacrifice, often ends in healing.  What starts out as a struggle, can lift our burdens.  What starts out as hard, can become easy.  The times in our lives that are the most difficult to praise, can be the same times that praising is the most beneficial.  Sometimes we just need to sing and lift our voices to the Lord.

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Jessica Dayton

Jessica Dayton

Comments

  1. I’m glad that your kids can find something joyous to sing about. I’m not religious at all, in fact, I had such a bigoted experience after my confirmation it turned me right off. But, I’m glad they are happy.

  2. That’s fantastic that your kids have such an appreciation at such a young age!

  3. That is one of my favorite Psalms. I also love Psalm 1.

  4. I absolutely love it when our kids can teach us things about God that we wouldn’t even think about otherwise. This is just another way to show that children are a blessing!

  5. Gloria Toti says:

    I just got back from Bogota, Colombia, and I believe I have a few more ‘faith stretch marks’. Within five minutes of worship in that Country, I could tell that my voice was getting strained. I was singing at the top of my lungs, it was unreal. I will be singing a little louder here in the states…you have now been warned.

    I LOVE PRAISING MY LORD….

    Great job kiddos, you are on to something!

  6. I don’t really talk about my faith online, it’s not something I often feel comfortable doing. I do think its wonderful your children share your strong faith!

  7. Debbie L. says:

    I tis amazing how something we think is so bad turns out to be a blessing.

  8. aimee fauci says:

    LOVE IT!!! I was so proud one night when I snuck and peeked in my girl’s room and they were praying before I got in there to kiss them good night.

  9. Kids are amazing for helping us see the important things. :) I’m glad you recognized the moment and didn’t shush them. :)

  10. Singing is such a great way to give praise. it also really lifts my spirits.

  11. Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell says:

    This is so touching!! Thanks for sharing this precious moment you had with the little ones :) Your post title reminded me of Amy Grant’s song, Sing your praise to the Lord!

  12. That’s great that you are able to share your story. Thanks for posting this!

  13. Isn’t it amazing what kids pick up and learn? It’s great they were exclaiming their praise through song.

  14. What a sweet moment! I’m glad you stopped to listen to what they were singing!

  15. Janel C. says:

    What a special moment with your kids at such an unexpected time. I love reading stories like this.

  16. Eliz Frank says:

    This is a beautiful and uplifting post. I love praise and worship and I’m glad you paused to hear that your kids were singing praises to the Lord. :-)

  17. That’s really nice that your kids were into the singing!

  18. Isnt it crazy what kids pick up? Sometimes they know better then us.

  19. Liz Mays says:

    What a wonderful moment they were lost in at that time. I’m glad they were feeling it!

  20. While I personally LOVE music and I love to sing in church some people just aren’t singers. My husband NEVER sings just because he’s not a big singer, as such he often feels uncomfortable during the praise and worship part of our church service because people will actually point out that he’s not singing. That can be severely off putting and detrimental to people.

  21. Kids are so amazing! Just when I feel like falling into an awful funk, they come to save the day! Love it!

  22. This is inspiring and touching. There is always that one song that always lifts my spirits and makes me realize that at the end of every storm comes a rainbow.

  23. Susanna Barbee says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder that we need to be thankful in all things and that we need to remember that God will lift us up in the toughest times. It sounds like you have some special and fun little kiddos!

  24. I LOVE this post. It always touches my heart when my daughter bursts out into a worship or praise song. It can lift me out of whatever I am in and just soar me into worship.

  25. What a touching post. Thanks for sharing!

  26. I have been reminding myself often, especially when I am having a bad day, to take a minute and just thank Him. “Let His Praise continually be in my mouth” is a verse that I am always reminded of, and he always turns my bad day into a blessing when I continue to show thankfulness!

  27. Terin Garrett says:

    I often catch my kids singing worship songs and it makes me cry every time! So blessed!! :)

  28. Isn’t it funny how things we thought were going to be a burden turn out to be a blessing disguise! That’s great that you found something to sing about!

  29. What a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it on this dreary Thursday!

  30. You have some great kiddos! We often do let stuff get in the way – I know I need to slow down and more.

  31. Desiree M. says:

    Children are such a blessing. It’s moments like these that remind me children help us see things we normally don’t.

  32. Eliz Frank says:

    I commented on this through Tina’s group… It’s still a heartwarming post to read. :-)

  33. Shell Feis says:

    It’s always a sweet moment when we realize our children are picking up on the things we want them to know, whatever those things are.

  34. I always love this psalm. It is one of my favorites. I think music playing in the morning has a lot to do with how my day will go for sure.

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