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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?" 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.

1. Do you have a song in your heart for God!

2. In the good times and bad times can you still sing of His glory?

3. Do you ever just think of your past victories and break out in a song of praise to God?

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 REASON WHY I SING!

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