I saw an early harvest on a South Dakota field this weekend.
It was a bumper crop. Hands waved like tassled corn under the harvest moon. Hearts overflowed like bushel baskets, as we gleaned a field and harvested hope and plucked bits of Heaven to replant in our hearts.
We were the gatherers in a grassy field. We were 100,000 strong singing: “Glory! Glory! Alleluia, He reigns!”
“Let the fields be jubilant,
and everything in them.”
— Psalm 96:12
For three days straight, we gathered as a family — with The Family — to praise God in song at LifeLight, a Christian musical festival in Sioux Falls, S.D. We swayed our babies, and moshed with our teenagers. We bowed our heads low, and raised our hands high.
Jubilant fields. Abundant harvest.
But this morning, the party was over.
Scott hooked the camper to the pickup to drive home. And I walked across that empty Field of Praise with my two little girls to find our van in the parking lot. The harvest moon had been replaced by mid-morning sun.
The gatherers were gone. The field had been gleaned. And all that was left was an empty stage and a few overturned garbage cans.
But we are still singing His song. Jesus is the soundtrack of our lives — not just our Sundays or our weekends.
He is why we sing.
How do we keep His song in our hearts? How do we multiply this Harvest of Praise? Here are some ideas. Please share your own ideas in the comment box.
Tune In: Fill a house all day long with praise music on the radio. We have our music on through the day in the kitchen and living room.
Pint-Sized Playlist: Invest in a few good CDs, like WeeSing or Great Worship Songs for Kids. My girls play their CDs on their own CD player. Or I burn their favorites from my iTunes library.
“I Spy”: Many of today’s contemporary musicians get their best music straight from Scripture. Listen to the lyrics, and go on a treasure hunt to find the verses — a sort of musical “I Spy.” … Chris Tomlin sings this in his song How Great is Our God: “He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide.” Can you identify the Scripture?
Hymns: I sit at the piano and plunk out old hymns, letting old, familiar words fall fresh on these ears. Consider finding an old hymn to serve as a beacon for your week or for your year. Right now, I’m singing “Be Thou My Vision,” for I want to see things through Soul-Eyes. Do you have a Life Hymn?
Sing for an Audience of One: He’s not looking for virtuosos, but for the heart in the song. So let the praises ring.
Listen Carefully: You might find that you’re singing a duet with the God of all creation.