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“Proclaim” - May 19, 2021

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

Many of Psalm 19’s verses are well-known, including the one cited above.  It grounds our hearts and lives in God as our “Rock and Redeemer.”  For us as Easter and Pentecost (coming this Sunday) people, we recognize Jesus as our Rock and Redeemer. 

But Psalm 19 is also known for its highlighting the power of God’s creation to speak to us as well.  “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.” (Psalm 19:1-2, NLT)  We’ve had another stretch of consecutive days of wonderfully warm and energizing spring weather.  Such days can give us great joy and delight in God’s creation; their sights and sounds and smells can direct the meditations of a person’s heart to God, our Rock and Redeemer. 

If you’ve experienced such moments in these last few days, then you know that even a pandemic can’t keep our hearts from singing!!

There are a multitude of versions of the song “My Life Flows On (How Can I Keep From Singing).”  Below is a representative text of the song and a link to a rendition by the Notre Dame Folk Choir:


1 My life flows on in endless song,

      above earth’s lamentation.

            I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.


            No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.

            Since Love is lord of heav’n and earth, how can I keep from singing?

2 Through all the tumult and the strife,

            I hear that music ringing.

            It finds an echo in my soul.

            How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

3 What though my joys and comforts die,

            I know my Savior liveth.

            What though the darkness gather round?

            Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

4 The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,

            a fountain ever springing!

            All things are mine since I am his!

            How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]