The Gift of Song


 

What we in the church call music ministry, in the Bible that would be more accurately called song ministry. Our music is an accompaniment to words inspired in praise of our God. Here are some of the Bibles best known singers and composers 

Job: Job 35:10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night

Moses: Exodus 15:1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying:“ I will sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!

Deborah and Barak: Judges 5:12 Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and lead your captives away, O son of Abinoam!

David:  2 Samuel 22:1 Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.

Hezekiah: 2 Chronicles 29:27  Then Hezekiah commanded them to offer the burnt offering on the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord also began, with the trumpets and with the instruments of David king of Israel.

Asaph: Psalm 76:1  To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song. ] In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel.

Solomon:  Song of Solomon 1:1-2 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—For your love is better than wine

Jesus: Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

These songs have a large variety of themes: There are songs of victory and songs of battle, there are songs of praise and songs of lament, there are songs of deliverance and songs of remembrance. The songs are different but they have one thing in common – They are each inspired by God! Our God who created the universe with its infinite diversity and complexity is always inspiring a new song.

The second thing that each of these songs have in common is that God gave them to us to sing! There is something to be said about listening to someone sing a beautiful song. The notes and the message can flow right through to our hearts and do amazing things.

There are certain couples who will remember a special song which they heard when they were early on in their courtship. When even a few notes of that song float by, they pause, look at each other and say, “That is our song!”

But song is meant for more than just listening. A song calls out for us to join our voice with its melody and message. When we begin to sing, note by note and word by word that song becomes our own. When we sing together as the disciples did with Jesus on the night of the last supper it then becomes corporately the song of our church. A worship song may become so powerful within a local church that just the sound of the first notes can awaken hearts and cause tears to flow.

God has given us this amazing gift of song. If we will pray and ask Him, God will come and teach us to sing. He is delighted to teach us because of all the singers in the Bible, there is no one more powerful than God Himself.

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

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For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

 

 

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