Have you ever watched one of your children or grandchildren at play? It doesn’t take very long until they start to hum a melody or to sing a song.

Why? Because they are happy! It just seems to come naturally for all of us to sing a happy tune. Whether singing along with the radio on the way to work or singing as you work, these are all expressions of joy and of happiness.

As people of faith, we have something to sing about! Psalm 40:3, “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:”.

The joy of the Lord is my strength. Part of our new life in Christ Jesus is the joy of our salvation! Our sins are forgiven and we are celebrating the our sin debt has been paid. No Guilt!

Psalm 95:1, “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” Verse 2 continues with “…and make a joyful noise unto Him with Psalms” (songs).

Psalm 96:1, “O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.”

We have praised the Lord with instruments and with song. We sing today with joy and thanksgiving!

The prophetic Psalms even declare the there is coming a “Great Day of the Lord.” In that day, Jesus will rule and reign and the entire world will sing unto the Lord. Psalm 100:1, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. ALL YE LANDS.” Psalm 101:1, “I will sing of mercy and judgement: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.”

God loves it when we sing! God loves it when you sing!

God loves it when the choir sings! God loves it when the Kingdom Heirs sing!

He loves it when we celebrate His love for us!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph Sexton

 Just a note to remind all who may be involved, this week is Valentine’s Day. 

Every year on February 14th, people send cards to each other or buy candy or flowers for their special “Valentine”. It is a day to express love and acts of kindness. 

Tradition speaks of this day to remember the life of a Christian martyr, Valentinus. According to various accounts there may have been more than one martyr in the Valentinus family. 

Valentinus was placed in a prison in Rome, Italy, for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. Apparently the heart and romance connection came in his care for the Roman soldiers. The Roman Empire didn’t want the soldiers to marry, but they all wanted a life. Valentinus as a minister would perform wedding ceremonies for many that had been forced into the Roman Legions. 

After Valentinus’ arrest, imprisonment, and finally an ultimate sentence of death, the story goes that he prayed for the blind daughter of his judge. The account that was passed down through the Christian community was that the daughter was healed and her sight restored. 

Valentinus wrote her a letter of farewell before his execution. He signed the letter… Your Valentine. 

That Christian martyr died in Rome on February 14th in the year 269 AD. 

The day became associated with love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th Century. 

In 18th Century England, the day grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, candy and cards of greeting, which were known as Valentines. 

This day is to remember that love in our lives makes us kinder and more compassionate. 

Let’s remember the greatest “love gift” in the world when God gave us Jesus. Jesus then gave His life for us! 

We are loved beyond the descriptive power of words. Thank you Lord for loving us! 

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph