What is your favourite song? Is there a particular song that changes affects your frame of mind or lifts your spirit? Did your mom tell you that she sang to you before you were born? Did you dad sing to you when you were young?
Music is a gift from God. In the bible music is essential. When King Saul was torment by evil spirits, he sent for young David to play for him. Through that experience, the spirits fled and Saul’s heart was lifted. In Psalm 40, it is clear that the Psalmist is in a pit. The psalmist expresses the joy of being heard, lifted out and given a firm place to stand -all by the hand of God. Further, it says: “He put a NEW song in my heart, a hymn of praise to our God!” (Psalm 40:3). So, God changed the song of His creature -from lament to joy!
Truly, music is everywhere in the Psalms. Many, if not all have been set to music. The pours out his heart- expressing worship through joy, pain, suffering, exultation, praise, contemplation, prayer and meditation. Over the years many people of faith have taken time to set the sacred psalms to music We are the beneficiaries of the faithful work of these people.
Over and over and over again, the bible reminds us of the importance of, and the value of praising the Lord in song. Psalm 95:1 urges us:” Come let us sing to the Lord, let us rejoice in the Rock of our salvation!” Ephesians 5:19 says”…Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” Psalm 89:1 says ” I will sing of your love forever.”
Common to the previous references is the response of praise for what God has done. When we become aware of God and what He has done and what He is doing in us, we are changed. This knew knowledge brings us to sing His praise.
When you sing, do you think about the words you are singing or are you just enjoying the beat and rhythm? Have you ever sung when you were praying? There is something special in singing to the Lord. Music seems to touch the human heart and soul very deeply. God inhabits the praise of His people.
So, I encourage you to sing! Sing to the Lord. When you sing to Him, think about what you are saying. If you believe that you have nothing to sing about, sing anyway! God will meet you and, if necessary will change your tune and give you a new song to sing to Him!
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.