Matthew 26:40-41, “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
IX. Pray for one hour: Singing – Worship in song. Psalm 100:2, “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.”
A dear man and his wife had been married for sixty (60) years and two (2) weeks and this dear wife went to Heaven. The husband gave account of his wife and her time of prayer. He told how people from all over would call her with their requests. He told how his wife would immediate retreat to their bedroom and close the door. He told how she would begin her prayer time with singing. He said that was always how he knew she was finished. I must admit this moves me to tears.
Music has a great part in worship. We need to sing before the LORD. He does not care if it is a joyful noise or a glad rackett. He says to do it and if He commands it He intends us to do it. The next time you retreat to your closet have a song of worship ready for Him. He will love it.
There are people in life that are simply fun to be around. They seem to always be upbeat and happy. They encourage others in spite of their own situations. They even seem to always have a song in their heart.
When someone is like that you know when something is wrong. They might seem unhappy. They might even lose their smile and their song. I was reading Oswald Chambers’ daily devotional the other day and something jumped out at me. Look at what he asks, “Have we learned to sing after we hear God’s key-note?” It is so easy to sing when everything is going our way. Life seems to be good.
What happens when life turns upside down for us? We seem to lose our song and our smile among other things. I looked up the word keynote and on of the meanings is “The principal theme in a speech or literary work” according to the Word Web dictionary. It reminds me of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” All things are not good; but, God is working them for our good and His Glory.
It will not be but a few days and the wrapping paper will be piling up on the floor. We all have many family traditions. We have tried to keep some old family traditions going and we have tried to start some new ones too.
It is common to hear someone speak of the angels singing at Christmas time. Well, I am sorry to be the one who brings you bad news; but, if you find in the Bible that the angels sang I would like to know. I do not find it anywhere.
My point is not to be a Mr. Grinch or Mr. Scrooge. I point this out to us because I want you and I to both be persons of truth. The truth is that it is not in the Bible. Notice the words often quoted at Christmas time in Luke 2:10, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” The angel said. There is no singing by said angels. In my sanctified imagination I can hear these angelic beings singing heavenly. However, I must be accurate when it come to the truth of Scripture. God used angels mightily in the Scriptures to bring message, protect and a host of other things. When it comes to singing, I just don’t find it.
This year; especially at Christmas time, let’s seek to be Biblically correct.
There is no doubt in the power of music. I would love to be a bass singer and maybe one day I will be. Stop laughing. Music can soothe the savage beast in the case of David playing his harp for king Saul.
There is another aspect of music being a healing force in our lives. This is the writing of music. Not only music; but, poetry and stories of all kinds also. Writing is healing and that is the reason for the birth of this blog as you know. A very dear friend shared with my wife and I that she had written another song and was trying to have it published. It was an awesome song and she needs to publish it. This offering of praise was born out of a dark time in her life.
There are two times basically that we write. They are day and night. No, I am not referring to a literal day or night. I am speaking of seasons of our life. Sometimes life is like day with abundant sunshine and we write out of joy. Look at II Samuel 22:1, “And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:” Write while the sun shines.
Then there is the other season of life in which we write. The night. Look at What the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 77:6, “call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.” The phrase “my song in the night:”. There is most often where I write anything. Not all of the time. Some of the most powerful insight, song, poem and stories have come in the dark times of life (your’s and mine). God uses these to grow us up spiritually. This is why we need to use these gifts and abilities that He has given to us to glorify Him and point other people to a saving knowledge of Christ. Write and sing for the glory of God.
I have had the opportunity over the past month to be in several revival services. I have attended them because an Evangelist and dear friend of mine was the Preacher in each meeting. These Churches all had some things in common. One thing that stuck out to me was their music.
Music is an important part of the Christian life. It soothes the savage soul I have heard all my life. This has to be in reference to I Samuel 16:16, “Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.”
Music is a vital part of our worship services. God does not want some half hearted noise coming from us. He deserves and expects our best no matter how good or bad it might be. Music prepares the heart for the preaching of God’s Word. That is why it is so important. It is also magnifies the Saviour. Our Father delights in our worship no matter if we can or cannot sing.