At my church, various members of the congregation are asked to write the devotional which is printed in the weekly bulletin. I was asked to do the one for February 15. The following is what I submitted:
Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heard to the Lord. Eph. 5:19
Are you in need of encouragement? Hearing someone sing “Somebody prayed for me, they had me on their mind, they sacrificed their time, they fell down on their knees and prayed for me …” encourages me. I know that God can prompt us to pray for one another but we don’t have to wait for His prompting. Make a note of those mentioned in prayer requests or the friends who sent you a Christmas card and add them to your prayer list. You can be that somebody who prayed for someone else.
When bills pile up, singing, “Jehovah Jirah, my provider” reminds me that God has and will continue to take care of my needs. Just in case I need another reminder, the old chorus “He’s all I need, all I need, Jesus is all I need” takes my mind off my needs and wants. My thoughts are back on the one who provides everything for me.
It’s not easy to sing when I’m in pain. But “The Healer’s coming down the road, coming down the road …” reminds me that Jesus took the stripes on his back at Calvary for my healing. Isaiah tells us “by His stripes we were healed.” Maybe I feel overwhelmed with problems. We all have them, you know. That’s when “Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms, leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms” becomes my prayer song.
Finally, on days when things are going well, or even if they aren’t, I can sing “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine … This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long …”