Don’t let life steal your song! As COVID-19 continues to stretch on, many people struggle with discouraging and stressful thoughts. As believers we possess a power within us which is greater than the darkness in the world. In my experience, the time I struggle the most with thoughts is at night when I am in bed. Sometimes the enemy attacks me with a barrage of negative thoughts which I wrestle with until I receive the victory from Jesus. King David in the Bible recorded in many of his Psalms the times he battled in his heart and mind. Yet, he never gave up, and always came back to praising the Lord with his mouth and in song. David ministered to the Lord by songs in the night! “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy” (Psalm 65:8). “I remembered my songs in the night” (Psalm 77:6). Recently I have asked the Lord, “Would You help me to honor You with songs of joy and faith in the night, and would You help me to wake up with a song in my heart?” What peace I have when I wake up with a song to Jesus on my mind! Often, it’s a song we have sung during a worship service. One that has blessed my life goes as follows: “Jesus at the center of it all…. From beginning to the end, it will always be, it’s always been You, Jesus, Jesus. And nothing else matters; nothing in this world will do. Jesus you’re the center. Everything revolves around you” (words and music by Israel Houghton, Michah Massey, and Adam Ranney). Our battles are fought on the field of faith. The Lord will help us to sing and worship Him even though we may be struggling and wrestling with our thoughts. And remember: the battle belongs to the Lord! It all comes down to Jesus…loving Him, following Him, and singing our song of victory to Him. He is the center of it all! We have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, and He is worthy to receive our songs in the night!
Pastor Mark Boucher