There Is A Song In Your Heart

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.”

Psalm 63:1  

It’s not every day I get to experience for myself the very passage I was just teaching from but last night after our midweek service where we are going through the book of Psalms I found myself enjoying time with the Lord before calling it a night and heading to bed. I was recalling to my own mind the words of Psalm 63 and meditating on the goodness of God. Little did I know the Lord would awaken me out of a deep sleep at 3:00 a.m. in the morning to write down some words He had brought to my mind.

It’s been well said that, “necessity is the mother of all inventions” and if the truth be known it was out of necessity that David sought the Lord early in the morning. On the run from his own son in an arid desert it wouldn’t take long after sunrise to feel the extreme heat of the day. The best time then to enjoy time with the Lord in David’s mind would be very early before sunrise. Necessity should bring each of us to God, day or night, not leaning on our own understanding but in all our ways and at all times acknowledging the Lord and allowing Him to direct our paths. God is an ever present help in time of trouble and that’s what David was learning during his early morning time spent with the Lord. God didn’t necessarily change David’s situation or the circumstances surrounding his life. God was doing something much better, so much more. God was changing David and that’s exactly what God will do when you and I spend time with Him.

Later on in the same chapter we read the words of the psalmist in verses 6-8, “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.” After the sun went down and before he drifted off to sleep David set him mind to meditate on the Lord looking back over his day, thanking Him for the help He provided. David came to know that the closer we get to the Lord, the more secure we become, more sure of His presence in our lives regardless of what we are going through. When David declared that his soul followed close behind the Lord what he was in essence saying is, “I cling to you because I know You are holding onto me.”

Those thoughts kept playing in my own mind as I drifted off to sleep last night and early, and I mean early this morning the Lord woke me up to a song playing in my head. I cant sing but when you are singing in your own head it doesn’t sound that bad. It’s when I open my mouth and try to let the words out that it turns into a joyful noise that only a Heavenly Father could love. Like David, I am learning that meditating on the Lord in the night watches fills my mind with good things and as He inclines Himself to us and the cry of our heart the Lord often takes those very thoughts and prayers and like we read in Psalm 40:3, the Lord Himself gives them back to us in the form of a song, “He has put a new song in my mouth-- Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.”

At 3:00 a.m. this morning the following words were playing in my head as I slept, a song the Lord gave me that I’ll share with you. My hope is they spark something deep within, a desire in you to seek the Lord early and to seek Him late at night, whenever necessity arises. May the Lord take your words, your prayer, your thoughts of Him and turn them back into a song for you to sing and enjoy with Him. Here are the words from my own night watch that turned into my morning song. It’s with joy I share it with you. 

I Surrender All

I’ve failed and I’ve fallen...
not once...not seven...but four hundred and ninety times

and still you forgave me... you forgive me... and I’m broken... I’m breaking... I surrender

I surrender all... I surrender all to you... Jesus.
My heart... my soul... my strength... my everything...I give it all to you

Standing on Your promises
Walking in Your Word
Filled by Your Spirit
Until all the worlds heard

I surrender all... I surrender all to you.. Jesus...
My heart... my soul... my strength.... my everything... I give it all to you... I live it all for you

I surrender all to you!

I’ve come so far yet so far to go... my chains are broken... I’m free to go
I take one step then seven more... four hundred and ninety and I’m at Your door

As I knock You open... and I fall to my knees... in worship, I surrender all...
My heart... my soul... my strength... my everything... I give it all to You Jesus... I live it all for You!

I give it all to You Jesus
I live it all for You!
I surrender all  (song ends)

May you hear the song playing in your own heart today. That’s my hope and prayer for you today as you seek Him early before the heat of the day seeks to distract each of us and draw us away.

“Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.”

Psalm 40:5


Michael Osthimer





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