“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1
I recently had the opportunity to join a family with young children at Cracker Barrel for dinner. As the food arrived, the young children bowed their heads to pray. The four-year-old chose to lead the prayer by singing. Her prayer was very gentle and slow until the very end. As she came to the last two “Amens,” she jazzed things up to adopt an entirely different rhythm and energy. She punched that final Amen with such gusto that all the tables around us had to turn and look.
Everyone at my table got tickled at the passionate closing, and I looked at my young friend and said, “Wow, now that was a prayer!” And, it was quite the prayer. Her prayer was powerful and passionate because she believed the very words she sang.
I sometimes wonder if I’m talking to my God with the same genuine passion and power? Am I so in awe of how well He provides for me every single day that I come before Him with great joy, energy, and a song of praise in my heart? I want to have a childlike faith that believes in punching the last Amen to the rafters and in singing a song of grace and gratitude just because I love the Lord. Join me in asking God to replace our grumblings with songs of gratitude.
Prayer: Dear God, give me boldness of heart and a hungering spirit that sings your praises every single day.
Dr. Lori Brown is a southern educator and writer. You can follow more of her devotions and weekly inspirations on Facebook.