Bless the Lord at all times; his praise will continually be in my mouth.(Psalms 34:1) I’m a worshipper. I love to sing praise to the Lord and there is nothing like a long worship session between He and I. It’s like I was born to sing. As a kid, I drove my family members crazy. For some reason I wasn’t like most people. I couldn’t just play a song and enjoy it. No, I had to quickly learn the lyrics and sing along with every tune that moved my soul. As a teenager you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t Whitney Houston. I knew all of her songs and sang them loud and proud in the basement of our home.
You’d think as I’ve matured I would have gotten my singing outburst under control but, no can do. I still can’t help myself. I sing in the car while others are held hostage in the passenger seat and can be found on airplanes singing at a whisper. I even sing when I’m out for a walk. There’s just something in me that has to join in. I’ve heard it said that whatever you desired to become as a child is rooted in your life’s purpose. As a child I wanted to be two things, a singer and an actress. Life and adulthood took me down a different path but the music has always been deeply embedded inside me.
As a kid, it was more about singing socially and discovering my identity. As I matured into an adult and became more serious about my walk with the Lord, I found myself thrust into musical joy more than ever. It became my salvation. From the time I truly surrendered my life to God, it has been the fire that has catapulted me out of many dark places. All it takes is the right song at the right moment, and I’m singing and crying overjoyed with his love for me. Suddenly, hopeless situations seem to fade away and I leave victorious.
I’m forever grateful that God chose me to place such a precious gift inside. It’s not that it was so much for others, although I believe it has been used to be a blessing to many, but rather to be a blessing to He and I. In those moments I somehow know he’s right there with me enjoying the gift he bestowed upon me. It’s a two way street. He receives glory and pleasure in my worship and I receive love, freedom and joy. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking of the precious gift that resides inside me.
So today, I ask you to “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” (Psalms 34: 3) It doesn’t matter if you are vocally gifted, just catch a tune that speaks to you and let loose before the Lord. You may not be as bold as I am but venture out and break new barriers in offering a deserving King the worship He deserves. Let us exalt His name together!
Author: Petrina Milan