Sing the wondrous love of Jesus, Sing His mercy and His grace. I will sing of my Redeemer, And His wondrous love for me; On the cruel cross He suffered, From the curse to set me free.
Music makes a worship service.
That is hard for a preacher to admit,
but I know that music prepares the soul
to hear and receive God’s Word.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High — Psalm 92:1
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN SONG
Christianity began with a song. When Christ was born in the manger, an angel went to a nearby field and announced the news to shepherds who were watching their flocks. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men’ “ (Luke 2:13, 14).
SONGS OF VICTORY
In the Bible, singing was used in times of victory. Moses sang a song of victory just after God covered Pharaoh’s chariots with the Red Sea (Ex. 15:1). Surrounded by three enemy armies, Jehoshaphat sent the choir singing unto the Lord before the attacking armies (2 Chr. 20:21). Imagine how the enemy laughed. But the songs of praise released the angels of God, who attacked and annihilated the enemies. Anointed singing destroys the powers of darkness. David wrote,
Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand (Ps. 149:5, 6).
Anointed singing is spiritual warfare and will cause every demon to run in total terror.
After the Lord’s Supper, the disciples joined Jesus in singing a hymn before they walked to the Mount of Olives (Matt. 26:30). Singing prepared Jesus for the Passion to follow. After being beaten and surrounded by disease and filth in prison, Paul and Silas could still sing praises to God. God heard them and sent an earthquake to rock the doors open. Paul and Silas walked out of that prison with a convert—the jailer! Anointed singing moves the hand of God (Acts 16:25).
A NEW SONG
One day we will get to hear God’s newest release. “And they sang as it were a new song before the throne” (Rev. 14:3). What a song that will be. Imagine hearing the debut of a new song to usher in the eternal reign of Christ the King.
Are you fighting for your spiritual life? Are you in the dark prison where the sobs of your crying have replaced the sounds of your song? Sing unto the Lord through your tears.