Advent Reading for December 11, 2021
by Lyn Shepard

Isaiah 12:5-6
Sing Unto the Lord, for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Daily we ALL sing to the Lord. The recognizable examples that immediately come to mind are the “Alleluia Arias” in the showers and The Joy FM Karaoke Sing-a-Long in front of the steering wheel and dashboard — and of course, there is that one song that is “stuck” in your head — that you heard 3 days ago while Christmas shopping.

Yes, all of these involve song, but daily we ALL sing to the Lord in many different ways. From the wave to our neighbor across the street or by holding the door for the lady at the restaurant, when we smiled with satisfaction and pleasure while on an awesome walk in the park because our appreciation for the natural surroundings almost indescribable, or the caring supportive hug shared with a dismayed friend.

Daily we ALL sing to the Lord. Our songs are lifelong and — there is no audition, no competitions and no judging! Our pitch, beat, tone and volume are not important to God — and throughout our lives we will range from very “offbeat” and flat to lullabies, energetic rock, and much, much more- in a variety of beautiful volumes and harmonies. So, I say to ALL this Advent — and always —

“Sing Unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things, this is known in all the earth.”
Isaiah 12:5-6

As I reflected and pondered the entire verse, which included, “for he hath done excellent things, this is known in all the earth,” it brought to mind a hymn that I loved as a child – and still do — “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” If you are familiar with this selection, you realize it includes everything from mountains to oceans, trees and our beautiful skies along with many other of Earth’s wondrous gifts. This reminded me how GREAT IS THE LORD! Daily we all need to sing to the Lord.

I asked myself in what ways do I sing to the Lord? I realized that when I followed God’s guidance with trust, my frustrations and fears diminished and I felt relieved and unafraid to go forward.

“God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2

Throughout this Advent season — and always– LET US ALL KEEP SINGING UNTO THE LORD!

Reflective Question:
What are some ways that you “sing to the Lord”?

Prayer:
Dear God, Thank you for all the wondrous gifts offered daily to us from the abundance of this earth that is surrounded with your love. Help us to keep focused on Christ’s message of Love as we sing out daily with joy and praise in His name. Amen