Sample readings from Day by Day with God - Psalms hymns & spiritual songs Sue Rinaldi (PDF Download)

Rooting women's lives in the Bible

Sue Rinaldi

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Digital downloading has transformed the way people listen to music. With the advent of MP3 players and, in particular, the iLovely iPods, it is entirely possible to have a playlist for every conceivable occasion and endlessly bathe your ears in soundwaves.

It's not only the availability of designer technology that explains the global appetite for round-the-clock listening; more importantly, it is the innate power of song that captures the heart and the imagination. Songs are more than the treble clef of notation: they can embody emotions and experiences, they can recall memories and expound truths, they can respect or damage relationships and they can mark significant encounters of the natural and the spiritual. Reformer Martin Luther, a gifted musician and composer, says, 'The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them. Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits.'

The very first attribute of God's character revealed to us in the Bible is creativity and, as people made in the image of God, we inherit his amazing ability to create - in other words, to make something happen. It is integral to our design - and music makes something happen! Furthermore, the language of the Psalms repeatedly describes how the universe is sounding out an anthem of praise to its designer. Is it any wonder that the act of making music and singing songs has been incorporated into cultures throughout history and across time zones, tribes and tongues in myriad wonderful and diverse ways?

The Bible contains songs of passion from psalmists, Levites consumed with the presence of God, armies announcing holy victories, humble servants honouring angelic visitations; even the Messiah is singing to his death. Colossians 3:16 encourages us to 'teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts'. Truths, tales and tribulations can all be sung, so let us tune in and join the song.

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Each day's reading in Day by Day with God provides a suggested Bible reading, with the key verse written out in full, and a comment written by a regular team of contributors. The Bible text is explained and applied especially for women, by women who have themselves found the Bible a source of strength and inspiration for life.

A suggested daily prayer or meditation is included, and that plus the further readings to explore will help you connect the daily notes with your own spiritual journey as you seek to follow Jesus more closely.

Day by Day with God is commissioned and edited by Catherine Butcher, and is published every four months - in January, May and September.

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Sue Rinaldi travels internationally as a worship coordinator, singer/songwriter, communicator, creative consultant and trainer. A regular contributor to magazines and Bible reading notes, she has also written a book called Trend.

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  • ISBN: 5060316650018
  • Published: 01 May 2013
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  • Format: PDF download
  • Pages: 20
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