Lenten Devotional for March 17

O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

Questions

1. Try to name a hymn or song that is based on or uses similar words as the daily psalm. If you need assistance, do an internet search to find a familiar hymn or a new worship song.

2. How can you use music to enhance time spent in your devotion? You can play a special piece of music as you read, or read the psalm and then listen to music as your reflection.

3. Not long ago psalms were the only music sung in certain churches, but today we more often hear the psalms spoken. Try to add a tune to the day’s psalm so it becomes a song. It does not have to perfect or beautiful. Does singing the psalm change its meaning for you?

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