“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Cor. 6:b
I heard a song the other day that reminded me of springtime in my senior year of high school. This was a time of new life for me because I escaped the madness of my father. Freedom has a way of heightening one’s physical senses. Colors are more vibrant. You hear birds singing. Food tastes fabulous. I remember rising to a bright blue sky with a full chorus of birds. It was a wonderful time. I did not yet know my Lord Jesus, but I had a taste of the heavenly.
The song was “While You See a Chance” by Steve Winwood. Back then, we didn’t have Google to look up lyrics if we couldn’t understand the words to a song. Heck, we didn’t even know the artist to most radio songs, at least I didn’t. To me, this song had a very uplifting beat and melody. The first verse was:
Stand up in a clear blue morning
Until you see what can be
Alone in a cold day dawning
Are you still free? Can you be?
The rest of the lyrics were pretty meaningless to me at the time. I just remember the music. It became a very special song. In fact, it’s a memory that is seared into my very DNA.
The same is true with my own salvation. I shall never forget that moment. That was another time of incredible freedom. In the big picture, it was by far the biggest freedom story I will ever experience. This reminds me of another song, one that is in the bible. Psalm 96. By David. It is also recorded in 1 Chronicles 16.
1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
There is more to this Psalm, but I want to add one more line here.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 Let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
Isn’t that cool?
Father, thank you for spring days and freedom!
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