Psalms 145:1-7, 20-21
I will extol you, my God and king;
I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and worthy of much praise,
whose grandeur is beyond understanding.
One generation praises your deeds to the next
and proclaims your mighty works.
They speak of the splendor of your majestic glory,
tell of your wonderful deeds.
They speak of the power of your awesome acts
and recount your great deeds.
They celebrate your abounding goodness
and joyfully sing of your justice….
The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he destroys.
My mouth will speak the praises of the LORD;
all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.
St. Augustine said to sing is to pray twice.
As in Psalms 145:7, the Bible contains myriads of exhortations to “sing to the Lord”.
Not just sing, but sing joyfully, as if your heart is bursting with radiance.
But in the name of a “second wave” of COVID-19 (but no one would say the spike is due to the #BLM protests and riots), some tyrannical states and counties, such as California, now forbid singing in churches.
So please join me here in singing two of my favorite songs: “Holy, holy, holy” and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”!
And may the peace, joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,