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Monday, November 27, 2006

Sing unto the Lord

2 Samuel 1:17-27 NIV

From the earliest time, music has played an important role in worship. The earliest recorded song is found in Exodus 15, when Moses and Miriam sang God’s praises for delivering Israel from Egypt . The longest list of songs in scripture is the entire book of Psalms, all one hundred and fifty of them. Music was so important to David in his worship of the Lord, that he ordered his men to learn the words to the song recorded in 2 Samuel 1:17-27. But why is music so important? What’s so different about music? Emotion. Depth. Feeling. _Expression.

God is the great Communicator – just look at how far He went to give us the Bible. And He is filled with emotion – a fact recorded over and over in His Word. His deep desire is to have a close, deep, intimate relationship with each and every one of us. The problem is, you and I are very shallow communicators. It is extremely difficult for us to show or to express emotion. In our personal communications with friends, we are shallow, only touching on the top edges of emotion, fearful of allowing the depth of our feelings to be seen. In our personal communications with God, we are no different. Our prayers are so often “vain repetitions” – easy, light words that aren’t difficult to say, words that don’t reveal the true emotions behind them. Even our praise is shallow, never quite touching on the depth of our praise for our Savior and Lord.

So God created music. Through music, we can say the words that are so difficult to speak on their own. Through music, we can feel and express emotion – emotion too deep and too frightening to express in any other way. Music can give us energy we didn’t know we had. It can cause us to weep with sadness or shout with joy. It allows us to express the depth of our praise to the One by Whose grace we live and breath.

If you find it difficult to express your innermost thoughts and emotions to God, sing them. Pick out a Psalm and put it to music, changing the words so they fit your particular situation. And sing it to God. At your worship service, sing out the words to the songs and feel them in your heart. Allow yourself to feel and express the deepest emotions in your soul, and to have that warm, personal, intimate – and emotional – relationship with God.

“Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150

Singing my Love for Jesus,
Pastor Mike


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