On the Words of
first song ever recorded in Scripture is in Exodus 15 as a song of deliverance
written by Moses after God had delivered them out of
Moses and the sons of
is the song about?
God's glorious deeds – highest
achievement, splendor, prosperity
His inscrutable ways – incomprehensible;
His attributes and character – holiness,
justice, all knowing, all powerful
His preeminence – excelling
other, above others
is one of the first songs in the New Testament
Song in Luke 1:46-55 This is often called ‘The Magnificat’
Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced
in God my Savior. “For He
has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold,
from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
“For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His
name. “And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who
fear Him. “He has done
mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the
thoughts of their heart. “He
has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those
who were humble. “He has filled
the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed.
“He has given help to
is the song about?
Acknowledgement of low estate and being God’s
Might acts of God: His mercy, scattering the
proud, brought down rulers, filled the hungry, sent away the rich, exulted the
these songs are songs that were written to remember an event.
Here are some songs that bring to mind certain times and events in my
“All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” – the
church I went to in college had it’s service broadcast over the radio.
Each week this was the song that played as the introduction of the
broadcast. This brings back fond
memories of that time
“And Can It Be” – This song reminds me of a
certain night coming back from a Christian coffee house during my college days
again when my roommates and I came marching back to campus singing.
This was shortly after the time we came to a realization that God was
sovereign in the salvation of His children.
“The Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah”
– While I was attending EV Free in
is a message in worship for others and for us.
Worship and the words within our songs can be an expression of thanks
and praise to God for His deeds or for His character or for what He has done
for us. Like prayer, we should be
specific about things. When we
say we are thankful, we should go on to say what we are thankful for.
When we say that God is good or God is great, we should say how God has
been good to us or what about Him we think is great.
By doing this we become more of an ‘ambassador for Christ’, more of
a witness to the non-believer, as well as a better influence or encouragement
to our fellow believers.
As An Outreach To Others
From Col. 3:16-17 we learn that worship has the
ability to teach and admonish believing Christians.
Note that the passage says that this is to be done with wisdom and that
that wisdom is wisdom that comes from one who speaks from a knowledge and
understanding of Scripture.
the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and
admonishing one another with psalms and
hymns and spiritual
songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the
Gospel songs that call other to faith and
repentance. Can you remember some
of these from your past years in Sunday school and church?
This type of song has a place within the times that we gather.
From 1 Cor. 3:6 we remember that it is the
Spirit of God that causes the soul to be re-born.
We might like to have control over this, but we do not.
planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but God who causes the growth. Now
he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward
according to his own labor.
Worship To God From the Believer
· Expressions of thanks and praise (song to be sung this month ‘For He Is Good’)
give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is
everlasting. Let the redeemed of
the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in
Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks
Meditating on Songs and Deliverance:
thinking on the subject of meditation, generally we think of memorizing and
meditating on Scripture. The
classic verse that comes to mind that speaks of this is:
book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it
day and night, so that you may be
careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make
your way prosperous, and then you will have success
reasons we would want to do this are many.
One reason is our continual battle with sin as a believer.
We see the example of Christ in the wilderness of using scripture to do
battle with the devil. The devil
himself may not pick on us individually; however we do battle everyday in our
minds. With a clear understanding
of scripture and how to deal with these thoughts we can truly walk in the
Cor. 10: 3-5
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the
weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the
destruction of fortresses. We are
destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge
of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
proper discussion of scriptural meditation would not be complete without
mentioning the following verses:
I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living
and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which
is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that
which is good and acceptable and perfect.
verse that I wanted to use as the basis for this devotional is Psalm 32:6
let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely
in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me
with songs of deliverance.
light of the biblical references to meditation we have just looked at above,
how would you think the words of a song or hymn effect the Christian?
Would it be important to have songs that represent a clear biblical
view of God? What about a clear
and accurate representation of the doctrine of salvation for instance?
Can you see how the words of a song are important; to Christians; to
about the subject of ‘songs of deliverance’, what songs have ministered to
you over the years? Can you
remember the circumstances that brought them to your mind? Did these songs
help your through a time of worry, a time of not knowing what to do, a family
crisis, or pursuits in business. How
about those times of internal temptation to gossip, hate, shade the truth a
little, or impure thoughts? What
songs helped you through these circumstances?
Can you remember any particular songs that were influential in your
salvation? These brothers and
sister is what I am referring to as ‘songs of deliverance’
Shifting gears slightly to our text in Psalm 32:6, has there been a
time in your life where the Lord has delivered you out of some great trouble
or out of a perilous circumstance? Do
you have a song to sing in order to remember that time, similar to the ‘children
trust that the Lord will give you a song in your mouth to give praise to other
and give you the motivation to live a holy life to bring glory to Him.
put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and
fear and will trust in the Lord