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"I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me." (Psalm

13:6, KJV)

David in this psalm does a marvelous thing. He begins the Psalm with a prayer

and plea to God. He ask the questions, "How long, O Lord? Will You forget me

forever. How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take

counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily?" It is evident that David is

anguishing and in pain, looking for and waiting for God to deliver him. Yet, by the

end of the six verses of this same Psalm, David declares, "I will sing to the Lord,

Because He has dealt bountifully with me." WOW! What a powerful transition.

What a wonderful testimony of rejoicing in the Lord, "in spite of."

A few years ago, one of our noted and popular gospel recording artist and song

writers, Kirk Franklin, wrote a song entitle, THE REASON WHY I SING. The song

begins with the words, "Some may ask the question, why do we sing? When we

lift our hands to Jesus, what do we really mean. . ." The chorus of the song is, "I

sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, His eye is on the sparrow, That's

the reason why I sing."

Like Kirk Franklin and David, we to have a reason to sing. Some may ask the

question, "With all the problems in your life, why are you singing?" Some may be

wondering, "How can you praise God with all the issues you are dealing with?"

“With everything that has and is happening this year, how can you still smile and

sing?” We even, like David in the beginning of this Psalm, may question, "Where

are you God?" "Why are you so far away from me?" Yet, when we think of all the

blessings God has bestowed upon us, we too have a reason to sing.

When trouble comes, when the storms arise in your life, even when you feel

abandoned by God, Sing! Count all the bountiful blessings God has already

bestowed upon you, and sing. Think about the goodness of God in your life, and

sing. In spite of everything happening around you, or even to you, sing. No matter

how bad things seem to be, when you think about the blessings of the Lord in your

life, you can declare like Kirk, you can testify like David, God's goodness is THE


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