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Seeds of the Kingdom

Sing a New Song

by David Silvester

27 January 2014

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Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvellous things.
Psalm 98:1, NIV

There is a regular occurrence as I look through a window toward the house next door. My attention is drawn to a sparrow who sits on the fence. This bird seems to be looking at me as it chirps its song, and it makes me wonder what kind of message this little creature might wish to convey. Each time this bird is there it seems to chirp the same song, whether it is morning, afternoon or evening. It never seems to stop its song. This reminded me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:29–31; ‘Not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father … you are worth more than many sparrows’.

That little bird on our fence really has something to sing about, whether it knows it or not, but how much more have we, when we reflect upon what our heavenly Father has done for us in providing His only Son, Jesus, to be our Saviour and Redeemer. Truly, with the psalmist, we too can sing, ‘He has done marvellous things … He has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to us’. And the realisation of this causes us to ‘shout for joy to the LORD and burst into jubilant song with music’.

With the psalmist, we too can say, ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name, … forget not all His benefits. He forgives all my sins’.

Prayer: Dear Lord, my God, the God of my salvation. I praise and thank You for the wonders of Your creation, and how You can use little things to speak into me, so I’m brought to praise and thanksgiving. Please keep me alert to recognise when You’re speaking through the simple things of life around me, and enable me to give all the glory, praise and honour to You I pray, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

David Silvester is married and has a son, two daughters and eight grandchildren. He trained as a production engineer. He then moved on to become a lecturer of engineering craft skills before being called of God in his early fifties to become a pastor of a Baptist church. He says that,"having previously experienced an amazing healing on a day others expected me to die, it came as no surprise that God directed me and my wife, Margaret, to become involved with Ellel Ministries."


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