When our children were much younger, it was not unusual that as the shadows of night deepened to darkness and the quiet stillness of slumber finally filled our home, our children would begin to rest from all their cares and worries only when they were lulled to a place of peace by the gentle melody of their mother’s singing.
And when the day’s first light would once again begin to spread its fingers across the sky, one often heard the sound of more quiet singing in our home. When the little ones in our arms nestled their little heads against us, my wife and I couldn’t help but sing. Such singing soothed the inexplicable fears and anxieties that beset our small children, but it also gave utterance to the joy and love we had (and still have) for our beloved offspring.
And so our Heavenly Father sings to us a heavenly love song that only the ears of faith can hear. He sings of how He would have us set aside worry and fear for ourselves, trusting both His goodness and His great and glorious power to sustain us, protect us and guide us in our daily living.
“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you” (Luke 12:27-31 ESV).
Ever does His Holy Spirit softly sing the notes of the melody of His love for you if only you will listen with ears of trusting obedience. Ever does He beckon you to lay your head upon the bosom of His love and hearken to His lullaby of grace.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 ESV).
The song of your heavenly Father, pleased as He is to give you the Kingdom through faith in His Son, is a song of joy and delight. Indeed, all of heaven sings in unabashed celebration when anyone turns from sin and selfishness and embraces the Father’s call to “come home” to Him.
“… I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Jesus in Luke 15:10).
Are you ready to come home to the heart of God? He is more than ready to receive you. Are you ready for the healing touch of the Father? He is more than willing to wash your sin away and set you free. Though you may feel unwanted, unloved, rejected and shut out of life, He yearns to hold you to Himself and sing you the love song that is borne out in the laying down of His life on the Cross of Calvary.
The love song that He sings over you as you rest your weary, anxious heart in Him is one of peace, renewal, acceptance and strength. His voice drives away the dark shadows of worry, fear, sorrow and loneliness. Nowhere else can one find such a reassuring melody than the one our Heavenly Father sings to us through the loving gift of His “only begotten Son” (from John 3:16).
Learn to listen with ears of faith and you will find an unparalleled “rest for your soul” (from Matthew 11:29).
Pastor Thom Mollohan leads Pathway Community Church and may be reached for comments or questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.