30th August 2013

The Tune: The Death of the Son 

“For the director of music, to the tune of  ‘the Death of the Son’You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their names for ever and ever…even the memory of them has perished. The Lord reigns for ever; he has established his throne for judgment.”
From Psalm 9:1, 5-7 (NIV UK)

I wonder what God thinks when nations talk of war and retaliation. Or when previous enemies join forces to challenge a new, mutual foe? Should there be divine intervention or non-intervention?

When David wrote Psalm 9 he thought God was on his side, as happens today: people think that their god or their idea of justice is on their side: therefore their acts of aggression are justified. The instructions to the director of music, that Psalm 9 be played to the tune “The Death of the Son” seems particularly poignant to me. It may be that it was well known piece at the time and David’s lyrics were to be sung to it. With hindsight, of course, perhaps we can see a deeper meaning. It is through the death of God’s only Son that the nations are rebuked and that people come to judgment. His death alone saves the situation and gives humanity hope.

God has supplied divine intervention by sending Jesus so that no one need perish. In David’s mind his enemies had their names “blotted out” “for ever and ever”, but David’s Lord and ours, Jesus Christ, “is patient”, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

God’s eternal throne of judgment is “a throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16), not a throne of retribution and punishment. When countries go to war, or individuals fight to the death, no matter how justifiable it may seem, it’s time to play the tune “the Death of the Son”. God’s son, that is. And the music is the music of grace, singing, “why die? Come to Jesus and live”.

Father, the world is a tense place right now, and there is the threat of more fighting and more wars. Help our leaders and our nations to understand that, through the grace of your Son, there is peace and hope.
In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


bible2About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  This weekend James is speaking at our Watford and London churches.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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