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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 239

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From the Word: Do not allow your heart to be distressed. Believe in God; trust in me also. (John 14:1)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers

Morning Prayer

Then go to your work with joy, singing a hymn, as the Ten Commandments, or what your devotion may suggest.

Pulling It Together: I used to sing quite softly, especially in worship. Because I was unsure of my voice, I held back for fear of sounding worse to others than I did to myself. One day, I determined not to hold back anymore. I would sing out. Singing then, became a sort of exercise. The more I sang, especially with force, conviction, and passion, the stronger my voice became.

The idea of becoming stronger in voice carries over to faith. This is what our morning prayers can teach us. Do not neglect singing a hymn in the morning. If your devotional practice does not suggest a hymn for the week, adopt one from Sunday’s service. Sing it each morning of the week. Sing it throughout the day. For you cannot have a troubled heart if you are singing to God. Sing to him with faith, and you will grow in faith.

I have no way of knowing, but it is a nice thought that perhaps the Hebrews sang a hymn together as they walked through the Red Sea (Exod 14:21–31). That is how we should sing each new day, trusting in God to see us through.

Prayer: I believe in you, Lord; help my unbelief. Amen.

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