“addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-21)
I don’t know about you but I can always tell when my focus has shifted from God. There is an immediate unrest in my Spirit. Suddenly I am unraveled by the sense of “myself” and the sense of “the self” in others. The unraveling creates this sense of uneasiness within my Spirit, and an urgency to bring my Spirit back home, by running straight to the arms of God.
It is a transformation process in a sort of frenzied dance. Do you know it – this dance? The steady beat of 1-2-3 turn, 1-2-3- turn. The unraveling, the uneasiness, and the urgency to return home, to restore a focus to God and the center of your Spirit to Him. Does this ever happen to you? Do you recognize the uneasiness of your Spirit? I know I do. And I must admit I am looking forward to the day when my transformation dance becomes a little less frenzied and I just gracefully glide to God.
As I read Gods Word my Spirit calms and the center of my Spirit is restored. I hear the song of the birds in a loud melody announcing the arrival of Spring and I immediately think of Praise. There are many forms of Praise but the one that nudged my heart this morning was an Ode. In the transformation dance there must be an Ode – a special song to God. The constant praise that will keep us in a graceful glide.
So what is this Ode, this special song this constant Praise that keeps us in a graceful glide, a Spirit dance with God.
“An Ode is a spontaneous and unrehearsed melody of praise, not merely sung about God but sung to God from a Spirit filled heart. A Spirit inspired song to minister to God and exhort others, giving testimony about the living God to other worshipers.”
Did you hear that? “To minister to God”. I don’t know about you but hearing this brought about an immediate pause. How do (I) minister to God ? I know I can exhort and minister to others but God. Is it not God that ministers to me? Whoa ~
My morning devotion took me to the deeper still into the richness of God’s word.
“But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. We have priests ministering to the Lord who are sons of Aaron, and Levites for their service.” – (Priests ministering to the Lord)
(2 Chronicles 13:10)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians3:16-17) (Whatever you do – give thanks to God)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
(1Peter 2:9) (A Royal Priesthood – Proclaim the excellencies of HIM)
“And they sang a new song, saying,
Worthy are you to take the scroll
And to open its seals,
For you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation
And you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10)
(A New Song – a kingdom and priests to our God)
This morning’s devotion was abundantly more than I could ever imagine and it brought me back gracefully in step with God.
And as I was Praising Him – God was blessing me. God is so Good. Praise Him. ~ Amen :Y
An Ode to God – Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Glory to God in the Highest begins with the words that the angels sang when the birth of Christ was announced to the Shepherds.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14)