Our Songbook

“America’s Songbook” is the program for several productions each year in my community.  The goal is to keep American music and lyrics around for future generations.  The Psalms  are really the songbook of  God’s people.  Most of them were written by David, whom the historian called “the sweet psalmist of Israel” ( 2 Samuel 23:1).  Our purpose in reading them is to draw closer to God, to stir up our hearts to love Him and His purposes and ways more.  Reading them should put a song in our heart, and like “America’s Songbook,” they are to be passed on to the next generation.

Psalm 9

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you: I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

You could sing this to your own tune as you go about your day today.  It can be your resolution to “Rejoice in the Lord, always.  And again I say Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).  Ask the Holy Spirit to stir your emotions, as well as your will and determination, so that gladness and praise will be yours no matter  your circumstances this day.

As you read the rest of Psalm 9 and 10, notice that David’s praise centered around the Bible’s major theme: Redemption– that God will set everything right again through the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus Christ!  Those who in arrogance, pride, and greed renounce God and scoff at His justice will be held to account (10:13), and “every knee shall bow, and every heart confess that Jesus is LORD.”

Always look for the great themes of  the Bible as you read a Psalm.  True religion engages the mind, the will, and our emotions.  Recounting these themes to yourself might stir up your emotions (as it did David’s),  and you will experience the love of Christ Jesus for you personally which is far better than knowing facts.  Knowing that you are His is priceless.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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