1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. – Psalm 96:1-3
When my kids first started talking they learned a prayer/song that goes like this, ‘God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you for our many blessings for our many blessings, Amen, Amen.’ For that season of their young life it was really cool to hear their little voices singing that prayer to God and expressing thanks for His provision. But as they started getting older and their ability to communicate and think improved we started challenging them to say their own prayers to God. It was a little rough at first and sometimes my youngest son Joshua, now 5, would ramble all over the place, thanking God for every member of the family and ending with his catch-all ‘and thank you for everything Amen.’
As a parent, I would prefer to sit and listen to my kids awkwardly ramble their way through their own prayer that comes out of their heart rather than hear them beautifully recite a theological masterpiece that was written by someone else. We know God has worked in the past and inspired many men and women over the years but what is He doing today in your life? What words would you share that talk of God’s activity today in the summer of 2011? Look for an opportunity to share a fresh thing that God is doing in your life with a friend, you child, or someone else today!