Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. Psalm 149:1
I have noticed recently that it is much harder to get going early in the morning. I’m a quite a bit more sluggish after waking up, significantly slower as I begin my morning routine, and slightly more confused as I start each day. I’m sure this is just part of the disease but morning used to be the very best part of my day. One thing that does help is if I listen to one of my favorite Christian CD’s as I drink my first cup of coffee. The music helps break through the fog and singing aloud with the words helps my mind engage more quickly as I start my daily ritual.
Perhaps today’s Psalm passage provides good advice for all of us as we start our morning routines. We should all sing to the Lord a new song and praise His name! I think the Apostle Paul said something similar in his love letter to the church in Ephesus, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19-20).”
When we sing and make music in our hearts to the Lord, we clear the spiritual fog in our brains and begin to worship Him on a different plane. Singing songs of praise from the heart have always helped me worship more freely and lovingly. No matter what my mood, disposition, or situation, when my hearts sings praisefully, my spirit soars! Perhaps that is why singing along with my praise CD in the morning improves my disposition and starts my day off right with what’s important; joyful praise!
If you feel sluggish in the morning as well, then try singing a familiar song of praise to the Lord. It will not only improve your disposition, but it will also bring you closer to the Lord first thing in the morning. Even if you’re dealing with the daily demands of dementia, praiseful music will lift your spirits and allow you to worship the Lord in song. So belt out a song of praise today and let your heart rejoice!