Written by Janice Eddlemon
I live alone, so keeping my scattered brain on task has been a challenge during this mostly at-home-alone time. My mind jumps from one crisis going on in our world and then swiftly to another. I am not ADD nor ADHD. This alone time has just taken a toll on my focus (might be my age too). Some days my brain acts like a squirrel scurrying from tree to tree, jumping and flittering around. I guess that’s where we get the term “squirrelly.”
So several weeks ago Kim Joiner, during an online video, encouraged us to set up a worship center in our home. After dwelling on that for several days, I decided that preparing such a place would keep me focused as I did my daily devotions and prayer times and as I viewed our online church services.
I carefully gathered items and put a small center together in my small sun room. Yes, now as I sit before this worship area, I really can keep my thoughts from wondering to COVID-19 news and from the division I see taking place in our beautiful USA.
I have also found that I feel very centered each Sunday morning as I worship online; I can sing loud and off-key during the hymns. I can truly “Make a joyful noise to the Lord.” I sing without embarrassment and maybe even a little screechingly, but God hears my song and thinks it’s joyful. He doesn’t cover His ears!
I had to memorize the 100th Psalm in 5th grade. That was a time when public schools could use the Bible and pray in class. The Bible was not only a firm foundation of truth and morals, but a thought-provoking piece of literature. I still fall back on this Psalm’s words day after day as a source of joy and strength during times of upheaval.
This Psalm is such a positive note at a time when we could easily turn to negativity just by taking our focus off of Christ, our Rock and Salvation.
So in retrospect, for me, this has been a time of leaning on past experiences and knowledge (5th grade memorization) and meshing them with current suggestions and situations (Kim’s video and today’s world crises). I’m still growing in spirit and faith. God is so good.
Psalm 100 – King James Version
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
I also sing this praise every day. It keeps me calm and focused on God also.
I LOVE YOU LORD
I love you Lord
And I life my voice
To worship you
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy, my King
In what you hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In your ear.
By Maranatha! Music