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LIVING BY FAITH │ Landing in the Safety Zone By Rev. Charity E. Sephus

I have a reason to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in my heart to God. No one will ever know how music thrills my soul. Worshiping through song is important to God. He desires his people to sing. I wrote the following song when thinking about my youth.

My thoughts fold up so tight like a quilt on me at night:

Yesterday’s exigencies faded out of sight.

Then I feel quiet and very warm,

Like rose petals closed by sprinkles before a sudden storm.

Holy stillness says I’m not forlorn.  

The blessed quietness keeps me from alarm  

 Singing there right through threats of harm.

His melodious voice said, “Dear heart, rejoice!”

This cozy zone is God’s safety choice.   

Petals unfold when the storm loses control

On the landing, Jesus’ comfort remains very bold            

Securely standing here on His landing

I’m in the safety zone.

God wants to hear us sing despite the threats of fear.  

While singing his voice, speak vibrantly above my tears,

Convincing me to keep singing as I have through all these years.

Mainly because I know it is what God wants to hear.

Singing plays an important role in my life. The first thing I do each morning is to turn on the music unless it comes from within first. It is also a command “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16) And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart… (Ephesians 5:18-19) to sing is to do as God asks of us.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” is a statement that compels us to dig deep roots in the scriptures; teaching and singing. Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or a filler in the service. It is as important as preaching to reach the unbeliever.

Songs of Praise fill spaces in our hearts, our minds, and our souls.