If our car maintenance were up to me, we would be in real trouble. I am one of those women who are totally at sea when opening the hood of a car. Even so, my husband put the tiniest bit of faith in me to research and find a particular dipstick on line for his upcoming trip to the cold eastern states. He wanted a dipstick that was heated so there would be no issues with the weather in getting an accurate reading.
Today’s verse provides us with an accurate reading on whether we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We are filled with Him when we are filled with praise and thankfulness. The Spirit’s presence in our lives is evident when our hearts are filled with song for all that He has done for us. The “oil of praise’ keeps us in good running shape. Like the car, we will start to grind, seize up and then completely stall without the Spirit’s filling. We burn out. But when we are filled with Him than we are also filled with song.
I can almost feel myself sputtering and slowing down when I am complaining and negative. When I cannot acknowledge and thank Him for all of His blessings, everything seems to grind to a halt. But when my heart is filled with gratitude, not only do I gain new impetus praising Him, but I will want to share that praise with others. When I am filled with praise I am filled with Him!
Lord, may today be a day of making music in my heart to You.