Week 33 Wednesday

A Brand New Tune

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 96-98

Key verses: Psalm 96:1-2

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.  Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.”

Life can be fun and exciting; frightening and difficult; and sometimes – a little boring.

Most of us can identify with that feeling, can’t we; that we are just “going through the motions” day after day?

Well the Psalmist has another suggestion for “day after day.”

It’s to find a brand new tune.  It’s to sing to the LORD a new song.  It’s to find a way of living; a way of serving; a way of loving that quickens the heart and the spirit and causes us to cry out in melody.

Now, I know.  You might read these words and sigh, “Who, me?  You don’t understand; you don’t know what my circumstances are.  You don’t get how it is.  You don’t know me and what I am up against.”

Well, maybe not.

But God does.  God knows you better than you know yourself.  Even now, right now, this very instant you draw breath; God is at work in your life.  And who knows what He has planned for you?

So, take a deep breath.  Square your shoulders.  Fill your lungs with life – in all its rich possibility.  And get ready to sing a new song of praise to God.

Just let it out – even if it’s a little off tune.

It will be music to God’s ears.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for giving me heart and voice to sing.  AMEN.





By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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