Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!


Brenda Nail DeLauder

Columnist


When it comes to placing blame for being overwhelmed with too much to accomplish in a short span of time, I don’t have to look past the mirror. I am my own worst enemy, piling on more to do than humanly possible. The frustration with myself as well as the challenges on my to-do list increases, yet I have a difficult time shrugging things off, and to not meet the challenges would be irresponsible.

About half of you reading this just muttered an “Amen” because I described you as well. Our willingness and desire to do all we have on those lists of things to do are admirable, just not always feasible. It’s sort of like when our eyes are bigger than our stomachs at the all-you-can-eat buffet. You don’t want to waste the food you piled on your plate, but you know you shouldn’t try and eat it all.

This morning I woke up with my mind immediately going over all I needed to do before the day’s end. Even on our morning walk, we were halfway through it before the beauty of the morning truly grasped my attention. On approaching a favorite spot, I did take a moment to look around me, enjoying the cold crisp air, watching the sunbeams filter through the pines and dance across the meadow where we were standing. Pepper seemed to sense my mood had lifted as he dashed around in circles wanting me to cheer him on. It’s a great game we both enjoy. Though before Pepper and I made it home, my mind was back to planning out the day.

A short while later I stopped to have my morning devotional time with God, but quickly realized I was rushing through it. Filled with both frustration and guilt I sought forgiveness, only to feel a sudden urgency to hush. It was time to simply focus on Christ, thanking Him for all He does for us and praising His name. Each time my mind started to run down another thought, I stopped. “Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord” began to fill my mind over and over, washing away all the brain clutter, whenever it tried to creep back in. Normally this is not a song I readily know all the words to, but they came to me as I began to sing. Verses of praise to our Lord and God, were written in 1789 by John Swertner. The uplifting tune emphasizes the joyful need to sing with a cheerful voice. I wonder if this man had any idea his words would help a frazzled soul 226 years later. He probably didn’t but God did, who knew I needed a buffer to stop the constant flow of interruptions to my quiet time. What better way than to give me a song which praises Him?

Oh yes, the list is still there and growing, but with God’s help, I have stopped berating myself. It was not helping to do that, nor was it necessary. I know I bit off more than I can chew and so does Jesus. Being a determined soul, I will try to conquer the mountain, but I don’t have to do it muttering and grumbling to myself. I can go after the tasks at hand and accomplish them, all while praising our Lord. The more we praise our Heavenly Father the more we can experience His love for us.

Whatever is causing us to be overwhelmed, the solution is to simply lean on Jesus. He will help us with every task, be it tiny or huge. It is through Christ all things become possible. Hallelujah and Praise the Lord indeed!


Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.