Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right.
For as long as I can remember, my mother has sung gospel songs.
I’m not sure when Mom began singing them. As a young girl, she gathered with her family on Saturday nights around the old converted player piano. Then she sang in the old Methodist church they attended. After my dad became a minister, she sang in every church he pastored. A few times along the way, she formed a quartet and sang in other churches. Sixty years later, Mom is still singing and playing the piano. Many of the songs she sings are the same ones she sang when I was a child. They all have one thing in common. They testify about Jesus, what He has done, and how He is coming back one day to take His children home.
No one else in our family has been blessed with Mom’s singing ability. Dad was a fair singer, as my middle brother is now. I’ve never heard my youngest brother sing, and I never utter musical sounds loud enough for anyone to hear.
What I can sing about doesn’t require knowing music or being able to carry a tune. Mom actually sang the gospel, but I can “sing” it by sharing it with others. Although some won’t like the words of the song, I can’t alter the original message the author wrote: humans are sinful, God is love, Jesus forgives, and heaven and hell are real. I can change the methods I use to share it, but the message remains the same. Jesus tells me, and all His other followers, to sing this song. I must sing it with love, patience, and volume. The entire world needs to hear it. I could sing it literally—although I won’t. But I can and must proclaim His song through the spoken word, e-mails, texts, Skypes, gifts, actions, and attitudes.
How often and how loudly are you singing God’s song?
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by Martin Wiles
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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, English teacher, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of six books, including his two latest, Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He has been published in a number of periodicals, books, and newspapers. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.