No matter what has occurred before, this is a new day, a new hour, and a new moment. You can take hold of joy on the wings of prayer and find yourself lifted into lightness, peace, and courage.
You are a child of the living God, meant to express happiness, meant to radiate beauty and serenity as bright and lovely as the rays of the morning sun, meant to embody the music and harmony of the universe. Joy is your gift from God, and it is not dependent on what occurred 10 years ago, a month ago, yesterday, or last night.
Joy belongs to you, whether you know it or not. It is yours now, to discover, to use, to exercise, and to bring into expression.
I will sing a new song today. As you repeat these words quietly, as you speak them aloud, you will find fresh courage rising within you and newness of hope stirring within you.
I will sing a new song. Tell yourself: I will let the song burst forth from the innermost part of me. I will let it come forth in a smile. I will let it come forth in tolerance and forgiveness. I will let it come forth in praise, for others. I will sing a new song until my whole being thrills with the joy of life and living.
You can sing your way through this day, and you will find yourself strengthened, not only mentally but physically. This does not mean that you must actually give voice to song—although this is helpful in itself. It does mean that wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you can sing a song in your thoughts, in your heart, and in your soul.
You can do this; your expression will change; your face will shine; it will radiate beauty and youth; your body will move freely and gracefully; your work will go more smoothly; your life and affairs will be blessed and transformed.
All the natural universe is based on principles of harmony, order, and rhythm. An eminent scientist has declared that there is actually music in the spheres, that there is music within every single atom. God is harmony; God is rhythm; God is order; God is joy. The Earth, the other planets, the sun, and the stars move in harmonious, joyful rhythm. When we are filled with joy we are at one with the universe, and the harmony and rhythm of God fill us and inspire us.
Sometimes we think we cannot get into the swing of things, that we are out of step with success, wholeness, happiness, or peace. At such times, it is more important than ever that we realize that the gift of joy is innate within us and can be aroused. Paul says: ... stir up the gift of God, which is in thee . ... (2 Tim. 1:6 A.V.) Stir it up with the words: I will sing a new song! You can and you will find a wellspring of joy within you that you never dreamed existed.
You need not wait until some future time to become aware of this inner joy. You need not wait for it to come to you through some person, particular thing, or attainment.
Do not postpone your joy for another moment. Sing a new song of joy today, this hour, this minute. Sing for the joy of the Christ teachings. Sing for the joy of knowing that you are a child of the living God. Sing for the joy knowing that your loved ones also are children of the living God. Sing for the joy of knowing that you are a spiritual being, immortal, indestructible, changeless, and perfect.
A song of joy is your divine birthright, and a life abundant if your heritage. Declare triumphantly: I will sing a new song of joy this day. I will sing to the glory of God. I will sing to the upliftment of all mankind.
Sing a new song this day, a song of joy, and your thoughts will sparkle; your presence will be radiant; your life will be like the shining sun.