Easter Morning Wake-Up Call

April 9, 2012
by Allan Smith

Psalm 33:3 – Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. (NKJV)

On Easter morning in 1981, our clock radio came on about four o'clock, and a woman's voice said, "Let His joy fill your heart like a springtime sun." I quickly turned off the radio and offered some undesirable comments as to who had set the clock that early.

I then tried to go back to sleep, but the words of that announcer kept ringing in my ears. I finally got up, realizing that I was being led of the Lord to write a song. More words came with a melody, and by breakfast, I had a song. I was able to teach the song to the Sunday School kids that morning, and we were all blessed by God.

      Jesus Christ is Alive

    Let His joy fill your heart like a springtime sun.
    Let His joy fill your heart like a springtime sun.
    Let His joy fill your heart like a springtime sun.
    Jesus Christ is alive.

    Let His song fill your heart like a newborn babe.
    Jesus Christ is alive.

    Let His song fill your heart like a bubbling brook.
    Jesus Christ is alive.

Writers often experience ideas and words coming to them at the most unexpected times. I've had thoughts for articles come to me during my sleep, or while sitting at my desk, or even while driving my car. The Holy Spirit seems to stimulate us when our minds and hearts are open to receive. This can be during a period of joy or sadness, as attested to by reading the background of many of the great hymn writers.

Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth — praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (NKJV)

I'm so glad that the Holy Spirit woke me up early that morning, to bless me and the children with a new song about the joy with which Jesus fills our hearts.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for life's wake-up calls. We pray that we will be sensitive to Your voice when You call, and respond with action. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen.

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Allan Smith <agwsmith6@gmail.com>
Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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