Today’s text: Psalms 9-11 John 8:1-27
On my way home from work last night I stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few items for my wife. I was searching for the place they hide the vegetable oil when I heard a loud voice singing from the other side of the store. It was the voice of a small child. He didn’t know all the words of the song, could barely pronounce the words he did know and didn’t have a great deal of talent but what he lacked in ability he more than compensated for in enthusiasm and volume. I found myself standing there listening and remembering those days when my own kids sat in the cart and sang as their mother and I did the shopping. I noticed that a couple of older ladies had stopped to listen as well. I asked one of them, how long has it been since you sang like that? She said she stopped singing like that when she was about his age and that would have been about eighty three years ago. I told them that maybe we should sing like that again. Maybe we should just stop worrying about what others might think. Maybe we shouldn’t be concerned about not getting every note right and remembering every word exactly. Maybe we should just throw our heads back and turn loose that song that we’ve been carrying around in our hearts for all these years! They laughed and said if I would go first they would follow.
When I read the first verse of our text it made me think about that little boy. David open this Psalm with the words, “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” I don’t get the impression that David had a quiet little thank you in mind. I believe that he desired to publicly celebrate and loudly proclaim God’s mercy and goodness. There was a psalm in his heart that he could contain no longer. The words of his proclamation of praise were penned thousands of years ago and yet it still reminds us of the goodness of God.
That little boy who was singing his heart out in the grocery store last night caused me to stop and think, it caused two ladies to laugh and reminisce and I hope that his song and the song of David ministers to you today as well.