«My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name» 63:3, 4).
IT WAS a cloudy, rainy afternoon; in fact, the weather was so bad that we thought the church members would prefer to stay in their homes to take shelter from the rain. However, we were mistaken: the entire membership of the little church was waiting for us. The building was humble: a little house, somewhat dilapidated, with a tin roof. The door was so narrow that it was difficult to get through. The floor was of rough dirt, and when I walked on it, my heels began to wobble. In any case, I was happy, smiling at a group of members so kind that they stood up to greet us. My brother was going to preach and I had prepared several special songs to share with them.
The meeting place was small, and the strong rain that beat on the tin threatened to give us fierce competition at the time we were participating. Before the brief concert that I had prepared, the members gave us a lovely surprise: they opened their hymn books, stood up, and as if they were musical instruments with a great capacity of resonance, began to sing and praise God with their voices and with complete creativity. It was the first time I heard hymns from the Adventist Hymnal sung with notes I did not know. It sounded completely different, and as I looked at the faces of those sweet singers, I discovered faces filled with joy that seemed almost to reach the presence of God. The enthusiasm and the rejoicing they felt made them sing louder than the noisy sound of the rain that would not stop. For a moment, we forgot the downpour.
I immediately got to thinking that those humble notes were arriving directly to the heart of God. The Lord very certainly received them as the most pleasing offering because that is precisely what singing is: a sincere and simple offering to the Lord that does not require a spectacular voice, but a humble desire to please Him and give Him honor. God has given us a wonderful instrument, and His ear is always attentive to our use of it. He does not expect us to be Pavarotti— only for us to sing with our hearts, with understanding, and with the desire to give our praise to Jesus.
So «sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!» (Psalm 105:2).