27th October 2018

Making Melody in Your Heart

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)

After my mother died, I took to answering enquiries as to how I was doing in a certain way. It wasn’t a conscious decision; I just found myself answering “It is well, it is well with my soul.” Try saying that and not having that melody play in your heart and become a sound in your head, if not a song in your mouth!

This is part of what the header scripture means to me. As we speak Psalms, hymns or spiritual songs (depending on our preferences) we should be led to making melodies in our hearts to the Lord. Our conversations should truly lead us to praising and worshipping our Creator and Saviour.

Another way of putting it is that our conversations, by directing us upwards, have the effect of raising our spirits. It follows since God is our Shield and Strength, the One who takes us by the chin when we are downcast and lifts our head (Psalms 3:3), that when we cease looking inward and change our focus to looking upwards, we are given the opportunity to actually notice others and be able to offer support, taking our minds off ourselves.

*“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight…” shows the attitude with which we should approach life.
*Sing “To the hills I lift mine eyes; ah, from whence dost my help come? All my help comes from the Lord” when we need reminders that it should be to God that we turn for help, along with “What a Friend we have in Jesus” reminding us that we suffer needlessly “all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer!”
*“Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast;” is a prayer we can pray to someone carrying a heavy burden; also “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you.”
*“Count your blessings, name them one by one; and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!” As sometimes we do need to be reminded of how blessed we are.

We should take every opportunity to sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, taking time to internalise the words so that we can speak them to ourselves and each other. Then we can raise a melody to the Lord, even if it’s solely in our hearts, and truly sing “whatever my lot You have taught me to say ‘It is well, it is well with my soul.’”

Loving Eternal Father, thank You for leading by example, as always. You “joy over us with singing” and by following your example we can benefit by singing your words back to You in praise. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Jackee Brown

About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London, a part of Grace Communion International .

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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2 Responses to “27th October 2018”

  1. Diana Hall on October 28th, 2018 7:47 am

    Is it possible that Jackee’s Day by Day could be corrected? The sentence ‘we suffer needlessly all because we do carry everything to God in prayer’ is missing the vital word NOT. Kind regards. Di Hall.

  2. Editor on October 29th, 2018 12:34 am

    Thank you, Diana for catching this mistake, which has now been corrected. However, the people who are subscribed and get the emailed version will have the incorrect version. We do apologize for the occasional error that gets through no matter how careful we are 🙁 Each study is read at least four times by three different people and yet we still miss things occasionally. It is amazing how the mind reads what it expects to find and skips over errors. It reminds us that nobody is perfect–we all need a Saviour. We certainly hope that this error did not adversely affect the benefit we feel comes from our daily Bible Studies and will endeavour to catch before or correct after publication in future. Nancy Silcox, editor & site manager.

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