The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room 12 July 2022 Devotional | Songs from the Heart

The Upper Room 12 July 2022 Devotional | Songs from the Heart

The Upper Room 12 July 2022 Devotional | Songs from the Heart

Read and Meditate on Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Tuesday 12th July 2022, written by Dawn Rachel Carrington. God bless you as you study today!

THE UPPER ROOM 12 JULY 2022 DEVOTIONAL, TUESDAY

Today’s Topic: Songs from the Heart
Robert Racine (North Carolina, USA)

TODAY’S READING
2 Corinthians 2:14-17

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I will sing boldly with a faithful heart as an offering to God.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

Not being blessed with natural musical ability, I found it difficult and frustrating to learn new songs with the praise team at my church every week. Five years ago, I never heard any of these songs and did not understand the reason for worship. Nor did I realize that many of the songs were actually based upon Bible verses or older hymns. At first, performing each week made me anxious and uncomfortable.

But then the Holy Spirit taught me that it is the “heart of worship” that counts — and the message of the song rather than its delivery. Once I stopped focusing on performing perfectly, I realized that music offered as a labor of love and worship is beautiful and pleasing to God.

The purpose of playing music and singing is to praise and worship God. The psalmist says, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving” (Ps. 69:30). We worship aloud to acknowledge our love for God, not to perform or seek admiration for ourselves. The voices and sounds that fill every church around the world are pleasing to God — especially when our hearts and minds are open to the truth and power of scripture contained in the songs.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your love and peace through song. Focus our minds, soften our hearts, open our eyes and ears to the truth of your word. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Musicians

The Upper Room 12 July 2022 Devotional | Songs from the Heart

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