by Crystal Bowman
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33, NIV
As I was walking down the cereal aisle in the grocery store, I heard a child’s voice loudly singing “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” I walked toward the sound of the voice because I wanted to see the child. A few aisles over, there she was—sitting in the front of the cart with her legs dangling, belting out the song with all of her might. I smiled at her mom, and she smiled back. My heart sang along, and I was envious of the child’s courage to sing so freely in public. She knew Jesus loved her and wanted the world to know.
In her innocence and boldness, the little girl didn’t care what others thought about her. She didn’t worry if someone would be offended with her choice of song. She simple expressed what was in her heart and soul with confidence in the One who loved her.
The Bible tells the story of two men who boldly sang songs in an unlikely place. The Apostle Paul and his companion, Silas, were thrown into prison after a severe beating and placed in chains for casting out a demon from a female slave. About midnight, they began singing hymns and praises, loudly enough for other prisoners to hear. Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the prison. The doors flew open, and all the prisoners’ chains fell off.
When the jailer saw what had happened, he drew his sword to kill himself, but Paul told him to stop. He assured the jailer that no one had escaped. I don’t know if the jailer heard Paul and Silas singing, or if he just realized that something supernatural had taken place. Either way, he fell on his face before Paul and Silas and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” The jailer brought them into his house and gave them food to eat. He was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
I wish I had the courage and confidence of that little girl in the grocery store. I wish I could be like Paul and Silas and sing praises in the midst of devastating circumstances. I share the Gospel message through my writing and speaking ministry, and occasionally to an Uber driver, but it’s that spontaneity I long for and pray for. In any and all circumstances I want my first thoughts to be of Jesus and telling others about His love. I want to be so focused on my love for Him and His love for me, that it is continually on my mind.
If we begin each day with praising and thanking God, it will set our minds on the right path. It’s an easy thing to recommend, but not always easy to do. Waking up with a fussy child, a headache, or a reminder that bills are overdue can make it hard to have a mindset of praise. But the more we make a habit of starting the day with praise, the easier it becomes. I want to wake up each morning singing, “Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
Will you join me?
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Crystal Bowman is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 books including, Our Daily Bread for Kids.She and her husband have three married children and seven huggable grandchildren.
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