29th September 2012

Sing Songs To God

“Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise.”
James 5:13 (NIV)

Way before man was created there was music and when the foundation of the world was laid, “…the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.”  (Job 38:7 NKJV).

Singing was an expression of thanks and some say the Song of Moses is the oldest recorded song (Exodus 15:1-21).  King David was a musician and Psalms contains many songs that he wrote.

A writer called William Law said, “Singing clears the air for meeting God.  There is nothing that so clears the way for your prayers…nothing that so purifies the soul from poor and little passions, and nothing that so opens heaven, or carries your heart so near to it as…songs of praise.”

Deborah and Barak sang a song of praise to God for Israel’s victory (Judges 5:1-3), and Ezra 3 tells us when the builders laid the foundations of the temple they sang with trumpets and cymbals praising and giving thanks to God.

Mary’s song to God for the conception of Jesus is recorded in Luke 1:46-55 and is called the Magnificat, also known as the hymn of Mary.  In Acts 16:25 Paul and Silas sang praises to God while in prison.

And did you know God also sings?  Zephaniah 3:17 tells us God rejoices over us with singing.  Revelation 14:3 tells us the hundred and forty-four thousand will sing a new song before God’s throne–the song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3).

David said in Psalm 108:1 (MSG), “I’m ready, God, so ready, from head to toe.  Ready to sing, ready to raise a God-song.”  Are we?

Thank you, Father, for giving us the ability to sing, and even though we may not always be in tune, you want to hear us.

Study by Jill Newman

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