I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6, from the Introit for Trinity 1)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Ever noticed how often people sing in the Bible? Singing is everywhere! Miriam and the people of Israel sing a victory song of the Lord's rescue in the exodus: "I will sing unto the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea" (Exodus 15:21). The angels sing before God's throne in Isaiah 6, they announce Jesus' birth in Luke 2, and sing the praises of the Lamb who was slain and yet lives in Revelation. The book of Psalms is a hymn book, full of songs of lament, prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and many more.
Wherever God's people gather, they sing. We sing in the Divine Service. We sing in our homes. And we will be singing in Jesus' presence in the new heavens and new earth. And yet, here in this valley of tears, we often sing a lament, mourning the suffering around us in this fallen world. We sing of our repentance and we grieve our sin. We sing with joy through tears as we attend the funeral of a loved one, knowing that death does not win the final victory. And, as Psalm 13 reminds us, we sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with us.
On the day of your Baptism, there was singing. When God gathers us for Divine Service tomorrow, to hear His bountiful grace and mercy, there will be singing from start to finish. And when you go to the altar there will be singing as we worship with angels, archangels and all the company of heaven, rejoicing in the Lord who deals bountifully with us. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.