It was a rainy Valentine’s Day—pretty typical for Southern California. But that is where the “typical” part of the day ends.
I was early in my second pregnancy and had a doctor appointment. As I drove on the heavily congested freeway with my windshield wipers whipping at top speed, I saw a sea of blurry red brake lights ahead. The driver in front of me quickly slowed, causing his car to fishtail and smack into another car in the right lane. My heart dropped into my rain boots as I swerved into the left lane, barely avoiding a collision. Thank God my exit was next and I safely got off the freeway.
I circled the parking lot for a close spot, but there were none to be found. I trudged through the rain, arriving ten minutes late for my appointment. When I finally got in to see my doctor, he was excited to share the new sonogram machine. Well, I was more than happy to oblige.
I watched my doctor’s eyes scan the screen and waited expectantly. He didn’t speak. Instead, he scowled, tilted his head, pressed buttons on the keyboard, and sighed. A wave of fear washed over me.
Something was wrong with my baby.
The doctor explained my baby would likely need surgery immediately following birth because his intestines were growing on the outside of his body. Once the doctor finished explaining this rare condition, he concluded by saying, “It’s early in the pregnancy and the baby is still developing. We will know more in a month when we do another sonogram.”
A month? I had to wait an entire month to find out if my baby would be Okay?
As I made the rainy drive home, I tried to pray but found I had no words. Instead, a song seemed to roll off my lips. This was not a song I had heard before, but a prayer song the Lord gave to me. I sang to the Lord between sobs the rest of the drive. When I pulled into the driveway, the tears had been replaced by a peace that surpassed all human reasoning. That peace continued the entire month until my next visit to the doctor in which I was told my baby was perfectly healthy!
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.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Psalm 96: 1-3
At the time, I didn’t know the book of Psalm is a collection of lyrical poems often set to music. The book was originally titled Tehillim, which means “praise songs” in Hebrew. I was thrilled to find that music, specifically singing, has a powerful place in God’s Kingdom.
- Singing helps us focus on God and not the problem (Psalm 95:1; 105:2; 71:23).
- Singing gives strength: Like Paul and Silas in prison (Acts 16:25).
- Singing is warfare (2 Chronicles 20).
- Singing helps us to remember the Word (Colossians 3:16).
- Singing builds others up (Colossians 3:13-16).
Has singing enriched your walk with the Lord? Is this a new concept to you?
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